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Supplies of unsold vehicles have ballooned to the highest level since the recession, and U.

S. sales growth has slowed significantly in the past five months. It's an ominous combination that could mean a return of bigger discounts and lower profit margins throughout 2014.

Each of the Detroit 3 started February with more than a 100-day supply of unsold vehicles, enough to last until roughly Memorial Day at the slow January selling rate. Across the industry, automakers had 88 days' worth of vehicles as of Feb. 1, the most for that date since 2009, when the industry's downturn was at its worst.



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