OTTAWA (CP) -- Statistics Canada says new motor vehicle sales decreased to 124,764 units in November, down six percent from October, on weaker sales across all of the provinces.
But Statistics Canada says sales were still up 1.4 percent compared to the same time a year earlier -- a period when a global credit crunch made it difficult for consumers to borrow for large purchases and many people were cautious.
Passenger car sales were down 7.4 percent to 63,170 units in November, with sales of North American-built cars falling 9.1 percent, more than offsetting the increase made a month earlier.
The sales of passenger cars built overseas were also weaker, down 5.2 percent.
New truck sales -- which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses -- slipped 4.6 percent to 61,594 units, the first decline in four months.
The agency says preliminary industry data indicates that new motor vehicles rose by two percent in December.