A woman rides on an electric scooter past vehicles parked outside a building in Beijing, Sept. 10, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Andy Wong
BEIJING, China - A Chinese industry group says auto sales in September declined as customers avoided Japanese brands amid a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo over a group of uninhabited islands.
The China Association of Auto Manufacturers said Wednesday sales of passenger cars fell 0.3 per cent from a year earlier to 1.32 million vehicles.
Other foreign and major Chinese manufacturers reported relatively strong sales but Japanese brands suffered double-digit sales declines as buyers avoided their showrooms amid tensions over the islands.