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Honda says November China auto sales down 12 percent on year

Visitors look at a Honda Motor Co's car displayed outside the company showroom in Tokyo April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd <7267.T> and its two Chinese joint ventures sold 72,973 vehicles in China in November, down 12.1 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday.

This follows a 5.8 percent year-on-year fall in October and a 23.1 percent decline in September.

In the first 11 months of this year, Honda sold a total of 646,127 vehicles, down 1.4 percent from a year earlier.

Honda makes vehicles in China in partnership with Dongfeng Motor Group Co <0489.HK> and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (2238.HK) <601238.SS>.

(Reporting by Adam Jourdan and SHANGHAI newsroom; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)