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Sales of new minivehicles posted the sharpest fall in May as Japan’s auto market nearly halved amid the coronavirus epidemic, which dampened demand and restricted business at car dealers, data from industry bodies showed Monday.

Sales of minivehicles with an engine displacement of up to 660 cc plunged 52.7 percent in May from a year earlier, the sharpest year-on-year fall since 1968 when comparable data became available, as overall vehicle sales in Japan dropped 44.9 percent to 218,285 units, marking the eighth straight month of decline.

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