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vehicle sales in the U.S. rose 4.1% in January, while



Chrysler Group sales fell 12% and

General Motors'

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sales fell 2.2%.

Ford said U.S. customers purchased or leased 242,555 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover dealers in January.

Chrysler Group reported U.S. sales of 129,222 units in January. The company said Dodge Ram pickup trucks had a solid month, with 26,752 units sold, an increase of 3% compared with January 2002.

GM's vehicle sales reportedly were hit by a drop in demand for trucks.

Ford shares were up 1.8% at $9.27 in late-afternoon trading, while GM shares were up 1.2% at $36.76. DaimlerChrysler shares were up 3% at $31.53.