Chrysler Group surprised auto industry analysts with a modest 1 percent increase in U.S. car sales in September.
Chrysler, an affiliate of Italy's Fiat, said it sold 143,017 vehicles, handily beating analysts' expectations.
The U.S. auto industry's sizzling summer sales pace is expected to have stalled last month, for the first year-on-year sales decline in more than two years. There were two fewer shopping days in September, compared with the previous year, and part of the Labor Day shopping weekend fell in August.
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Chrysler bucked that trend, with sales of its Dodge, Chrysler and Ram brands all reporting modest increases in September.