Japanese car makers roar back

Japanese auto makers’ sales roared back in the U.S. last month and, unlike in years past, Detroit stuck with them by boosting sales in a market that for now appears to be defying the downdrafts threatening the broader economy.

The three leading Japanese auto makers in the U.S. on Tuesday said sales surged in June compared to an unusually weak year-ago period when supplies were disrupted by an earthquake and tsunami. Toyota Motor Corp. TM -0.60% reported a 60% sales increase for the month while Honda Motor Co. HMC -1.08% rose 49% and Nissan Motor Co. 7201.TO -2.28% posted a 28% increase.

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