Domestic vehicle sales totaled 250,736 in August, up 2.1 percent from a year earlier for the first rise in seven months.
Sales at scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors Corp. continued to slide, plummeting 56.8 percent to 2,946 vehicles for the ninth straight month of decline.
August was the fourth consecutive month for MMC to see a sales decline of more than 50 percent.
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