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Sales of imported motor vehicles, including those made at Japanese carmakers’ overseas plants, bounced back 4.8 percent in November from a year earlier to 14,190 units, for the first year-on-year gain in 19 months, an industry body said Friday.

The Japan Automobile Importers Association traced the rebound to a reaction to the 37.7 percent sales plunge dealers saw in November last year, when the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and the subsequent global economic crisis chilled consumer sentiment.

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