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Chrysler U.S. sales up 11 percent in May

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler says its sales rose 11 percent in May, a sign that auto sales rebounded from a slight dip in April.

The automaker says it sold almost 167,000 cars and trucks last month for its best May since 2007.

The performance was led by the Ram pickup with a 22 percent increase over a year ago.

The company's performance surprised some industry analysts who expected Chrysler to post a decline.

Analysts expect U.S. sales to rebound in May to an annual rate of about 15.2 million vehicles. All automakers report sales on Monday.

Analysts say Memorial Day sales and Nissan price cuts are drawing buyers back into showrooms.

The strong showing comes after slower-than-expected sales in April.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:

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