October 3, 2017 / 8:11 PM / a year ago

September U.S. car sales highest in 12 years

(Reuters) - Americans bought cars and light trucks at the fastest rate in a dozen years in September as many drivers scrambled to replace vehicles lost to hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida in the past six weeks.

FILE PHOTO - Cars are seen in a parking lot in Palm Springs, California April 13, 2015. Picture taken April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate for all U.S. light vehicles hit 18.57 million units last month, up from 16.14 million in August and well above the 16.9 million forecast in a Reuters poll. It was the highest sales rate since July 2005.

Reporting by Dan Burns in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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