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Winner: The U.S. car market
 Winner: The U.S. car market
In the face of disasters both random (earthquakes) and predictable (instability in the Middle East leading to higher oil prices), car and truck sales have held up surprisingly well. Industry sales rose 20% in the first quarter, and are headed above 13 million for the calendar year -- no barnburner but enough for most manufacturers to stay in the black. Still uncertain: How successful the Detroit Three will be in restraining incentives.

NEXT: Winner: Ford Motor
Last updated April 11 2011: 9:23 AM ET
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