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Chrysler US sales up 5 percent in March

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DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 5 percent last month from a year ago.

The automaker says it sold almost 172,000 cars and trucks in March. It was the company's best sales month since December 2007.

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The increase is another sign that U.S. auto sales continue to be a bright spot in the economy. Industry analysts estimate that March sales reached nearly 1.5 million cars and trucks, a number not seen since May 2007. Total U.S. sales are expected to be up 3 to 5 percent over March of 2012.

All automakers report U.S. sales through the day on Tuesday.

Chrysler was led by the Ram pickup with a 25 percent sales increase.

But Chrysler's strong growth from previous years is slowing. Last year the company's sales rose 21 percent.

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