China Sept vehicle sales down 1.8 pct yr-on-yr -industry data

BEIJING, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Vehicle sales in China fell 1.8 percent in September from a year earlier as Japanese automakers' sales collapsed, adding to downward pressures from a slowing economy and rising fuel costs that have weighed on the world's biggest auto market.

September's was the first monthly fall since Nov. 2011, raising the risk of a deeper slump which would harm Chinese and foreign carmakers alike.

A territorial row between China and Japan, which spurred violent protests in some parts of China last month as well as calls for boycotts of Japanese products, hammered Japanese car sales, a shift from which European and South Korean firms have been the chief beneficiaries.

(Reporting by Fang Yan in BEIJING and Kazunori Takada in SHANGHAI; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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