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Toyota still No. 1 in auto sales

The Japanese carmaker said groupwide sales from Jan.-Sept. totaled about 7.4 mil vehicles, a 0.1% increase from last year, as strong U.S. sales helped offset slowing in China and Thailand. General Motors (GM) sold 7.25 mil vehicles, up 4.6%, and Volkswagen (VLKAY) moved 7.03 mil ex Scania and MAN brands, up 4.8%. Toyota (TM) regained the top spot last year. It had fallen to 3rd in 2011 after natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Toyota shares fell 0.3% to 128.37, GM rose 0.6% to 35.80 and Volkswagen fell 1.6% to 46.41.