Boosted by easy credit, auto loans are up 5.5%

Experts: Jobs needed to sustain trend

Posted: November 18, 2012 at 3:06 a.m.

A Hyundai Elantra sits inside a Hyundai dealership in Des Planines, Ill., last month.

A rebound in U.S. auto sales is being buoyed by the return of easy lending, even to borrowers with flawed credit histories, as some economists question whether the gains can be sustained without a drop in unemployment.

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Business, Pages 73 on 11/18/2012