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Sandy to Cost Luxury-Car Dealers Needing Northeast U.S. Sales

Luxury-car brands such as Honda Motor Co.’s Acura and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz will take a disproportionate hit from Hurricane Sandy, with as much as 25 percent of U.S. sales coming from cities in the storm’s path.

“The last week of the month is typically a big week in terms of new vehicle sales,” Larry Dixon, senior analyst for the National Automobile Dealers Association, based in McLean, Virginia. “Everyone’s trying to finish off the month on a high note. We might see October sales down just a bit from what everybody had anticipated.”