China’s car sales up 9% in June ahead of possible limit on car registrations


BEIJING — China’s auto sales rose 9 percent in June despite a slowing economy as buyers rushed to beat possible limits on car registrations aimed at curbing traffic.

Automakers sold 1.58 million cars, trucks and buses during the month, the China Automobile Manufacturers Association, a government-sanctioned industry group, said Wednesday.

The figures are an unusual bright spot in a Chinese economy that has seen industrial activity and retail sales growth slow in recent months. Automakers are looking to China, the biggest market by number of vehicles sold, to help drive weak global demand.