New car sales declined broadly in October, hurt by fewer selling days compared with a year earlier and by falling demand for passenger cars.
The nation's largest auto suppliers disclosed single-digit percentage declines from a year ago, fueled by a recent trend of weaker demand for sedans, coupes and other passenger vehicles.
A complete picture for the month wasn't available because some companies were still tallying results. Ford Motor Co. also delayed release of its sales due to a fire at its headquarters on Monday.
Among the top four sellers: General Motors Co. said its sales overall slipped 1.7% compared with the same time last year, a reflection of its moves to pare less profitable sales to fleet buyers like car rental customers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV reported sales tumbled 10% in the month. Toyota Motor Corp. said its sales fell 8.7% with a sharper 17% decline in passenger car sales.