Vehicle sales in China seen rising 7 pct in 2013 -industry assn

BEIJING Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:45am EST

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BEIJING Jan 11 (Reuters) - Vehicle sales in China are expected to rise 7 percent in 2013, a senior official with the country's official industry group said on Friday.

Passenger vehicle sales are forecast to rise 8.5 percent this year, while commercial vehicle sales seen gaining 1 percent, Shi Jianhua, deputy secretary general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), told reporters. (Reporting by Xu Wan and Jonathan Standing in BEIJING; Writing by Fang Yan; Editing by Kazunori Takada)