Pickup trucks sold briskly last month which is good for the bottom line of Detroit's Big Three. One analyst says "the success of the truck segment is usually seen as the harbinger of the overall economy recovery."
Automakers are proving to be a bright spot in a slow-growing economy. Chrysler led the pack in August sales jumps at 15 percent, with the Ram pickup and Dodge Dart moving briskly. Ford got a boost from pickups and SUVs, with a 13 percent jump in August sales. GM's sales were up 10 percent.
Nokia, Motorola and Amazon are all expected to announce new hand-held devices this week. It may be an attempt to keep pace with Apple, now the largest U.S. company ever. Apple is rumored to be unveiling its new iPhone at a news conference next week.
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