The dispute between Japan and China over island territory is benefiting U.

S. automakers.

Ford Motor Co. sales jumped 48 percent in October, and General Motors Co. sales increased 14 percent in China, the automakers said Monday.

Japan and China are at odds over islands in the East China Sea, which Japan nationalized in September but also are claimed by China.

The hostility has brought on calls to boycott Japanese goods — including automobiles — in China.

IHS Global Insight has said Japanese automakers could lose up to 200,000 sales in China this year; GM and Ford have been and will likely continue to be beneficiaries of the boycotts.


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US Automakers Pounce On Sales In China During Japanese Island Dispute

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