New vehicle sales stall in Washington

Sales of passenger vehicles and light trucks have tanked in Washington because of costly fuel
and tight credit, forcing new car dealers to lay off workers. A handful of dealerships have also recently closed because of the tough business climate. The number of new passenger vehicles and light trucks registered in the state dipped 12 percent in the first six months of 2008, compared with the same period in 2007, according to an analysis of state Department of Licensing data.

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