Car sales expected to show decline for month

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales are expected to drop in August, but a quirk in the calendar — not lack of demand — is likely to blame.

Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose 2 percent in August thanks to strong demand for Jeep SUVs.

Jeep brand sales were up 18 percent, making up for double-digit declines for the Chrysler and Dodge brands. Fiat Chrysler sold 201,672 vehicles overall.

Labor Day is typically one of the biggest sales weekends of the year as dealers hold model year-end clearance sales and new models arrive.

Last year, Labor Day weekend was counted as part of August sales.

This year, it will be counted in September. Sales of new cars and trucks are expected to drop 3 percent from last August, according to car buying site TrueCar.com.

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