'Harsh Winter' Hurts Auto Sales

January sales were down for some of the largest car companies. General Motors, Ford and Toyota reported a sharp decline in last month's sales compared to the previous year.

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MONTAGNE: January sales were down for some of the largest car companies. General Motors, Ford and Toyota reported yesterday a sharp decline in last month's sales compared to the previous year.

Automakers cite a harsh winter with record snowfalls and rock-bottom temperatures, saying it kept many from visiting their dealership.

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