Milk Is Healthy for Auto Sales, Too

Slumping sales that have hit the automobile industry nationally this summer haven't been as big a problem in Vermont, according to the Vermont Automobile Dealers Assn. Things have picked up in the last two months, Marilyn Miller, the association's executive director, tells the Associated Press. Vermont has continued to rebound from the first part of the year, when car sales statewide plunged 16.6%

Slumping sales that have hit the automobile industry nationally this summer haven't been as big a problem in Vermont, according to the Vermont Automobile Dealers Assn.

“Things have picked up in the last two months,” Marilyn Miller, the association's executive director, tells the Associated Press.

Vermont has continued to rebound from the first part of the year, when car sales statewide plunged 16.6% and light truck sales were off 10.1%.

Some say improving milk prices have helped Vermont's auto dealers move cars.

“The agriculture market is coming back around, so we are seeing the benefits of that,” says Burt Paquin, a St. Albans auto dealer.

“We're not lighting the world on fire and we're not losing ground, either,” Brian Allard, sales manager at Shearer Pontiac-Buick-GMC-Cadillac in South Burlington, tells AP.

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