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Automakers Expected to Release Strong Sales Figures

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- American automakers on Wednesday will release what are expected to be encouraging sales figures for the year 2011.

“We're seeing pretty strong growth towards the end of this year as we exit and come into 2012,” said Ford sales analyst Erick Merkle.

The industry, Merkle says, is seeing a trend -- one that indicates people are more confident about their economic futures.

“People are starting to feel a little more easy, a little more secure,” said Merkle.

“[Consumers are] going out and buying things again,” he continued, and one of those things, Merkle says, are automobiles.

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