Detroit, Toyota report big U.S. sales gains in January

Analysts credit stronger stock market, better bank rates for growth in car sales.

By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN Published: February 2, 2013
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DETROIT — American consumers ignored tax increases and trudged through winter weather to buy new cars and trucks at an unusually strong pace last month. It was the auto industry’s best January since 2008.

U.S. auto sales rose...

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