Continuing To Break Both Ways! DaimlerChrysler Down 2.3% — Chrysler Sales Down 3.8%, Mercedes Sales Up 13%

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Yay, Mercedes! Boo, Chrysler! The German-American hybrid continues the schizophrenic mix of sales news this year, with two diametrically opposite numbers for the Chrysler Group and Mercedes. Overall, DaimlerChrysler sales fell to 188,761 units, including 168,888 Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicles. Sales at Mercedes rose to 19,873. No details as of yet — probably because they're still translating the release from German.

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Breaking Both Ways! Chrysler Sales Down 8%, Mercedes Sales Up 6.9%

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Aren't car sales a leading indicator of economic health? I'd be interested to see what the combined domestic and foreign sales look like year over year indexed against consumer confidence and the dow jones/nasdaq numbers. Todays record DJIA number and news like this makes me feel a little... nervous.