Sales of new automobiles in Canada rose 5.1 per cent in August, writes Bloomberg News (16/10/00) citing Government figures. According to Statistics Canada, August sales totalled 139,281 vehicles-up from last month's revised figure of 132,516. Truck sales - which includes minivans, buses and sports utility vehicles - recorded a 4.5 per cent increase, from 62,848 in July to 65,658 in August, says the report.