China passenger vehicle sales growth continues slowdown to 6.4 percent in September

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Growth in China's car sales slowed again last month while the country's own brands increased their market share.

An industry group said Monday that sales of passenger vehicles in the world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent in September from a year earlier, slowing from 8 percent growth in August.

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Passenger car sales totaled 1.69 million vehicles in September, up from 1.5 million in August.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said total sales, including trucks and buses, rose 2.5 percent over September 2013 to 1.98 million vehicles.

The market share of Chinese brands rose to 38.5 percent in September from 37.1 percent in August and was up 0.2 percent from a year earlier.