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Domestic sales of all automobiles except minivehicles dipped 0.9 percent in 2001 from the year before to 4.06 million units, an industry body said Monday.

The dip followed a 2.7 percent spurt to 4.095 million in 2000 that marked the industry’s first upturn after four years in decline, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said. JADA attributed the drop to the local and global slowdowns.

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