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U.S. auto sales rose 8.1 percent in April -Autodata Corp

DETROIT, May 1 (Reuters) - U.S. April auto sales were 1.39 million vehicles in April, up 8.1 percent from a year ago, said industry research firm Autodata Corp on Thursday.

That works out to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 16.04 million vehicles.

The results were slightly below expectations of industry analysts, who had expected a rise of 9 percent and an annualized rate of 16.1 million vehicles.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)