(Corrects to first fall since Jan 2012, not Nov 2011, inparagraph 2)
BEIJING, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Vehicle sales in China fell 1.8percent in September from a year earlier as Japanese automakers'sales collapsed, adding to downward pressures from a slowingeconomy and rising fuel costs that have weighed on the world'sbiggest auto market.
September's was the first monthly fall since January 2012,raising the risk of a deeper slump which would harm Chinese andforeign carmakers alike.
A territorial row between China and Japan, which spurredviolent protests in some parts of China last month as well ascalls for boycotts of Japanese products, hammered Japanese carsales, a shift from which European and South Korean firms havebeen the chief beneficiaries.
(Reporting by Fang Yan in BEIJING and Kazunori Takada inSHANGHAI; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
Keywords: CHINA AUTOS/