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Auto sales show sign of life

WASHINGTON. - Sales for U.S. automakers in October revealed positive signs Americans are buying again, following a 'Cash for Clunkers' hangover that stalled September profits.

General Motors posted its first sales gain in more than a year, up 4.7 percent in October from the previous year.

GM's gain comes a day after Ford Motor Company reported a three percent jump in its October sales, but for Chrysler, it is a longer road back to recovery after their sales tumbled 30 percent last month from a year ago.

The car company, which also sells Jeep and Dodge vehicles, says sales are improving little by little.

The company hopes to boost its sales by unveiling a new product strategy Wednesday.

In the past year, Chrysler and GM have taken government backed loans to avoid bankruptcy and in the process, restructured their business models by closing hundreds of dealerships.

The auto industry is still struggling to find solid ground in the midst of a national recession where credit is limited and consumer spending and confidence has dropped.

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