THE GOOD NEWS: China's auto sales growth held steady in June and Japanese brands rebounded from a slump despite a credit crunch and slowing economic growth.
THE DETAILS: Auto sales rose 9.3 percent over a year earlier to 1.4 million vehicles, In line with May's 9 percent growth. Total sales, which include trucks and buses, also grew strongly, rising 11.2 percent to 1.7 million vehicles.
THE BAD NEWS: Chinese brands lagged the market again in June, indicating domestic automakers were losing market share to global brands and their local partners.
- Consumer Discretionary