Luxury Car Sales Increase

February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 8:06 AM EDT

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February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 8:06 AM EDT


It could be a solid year at the auto show. New vehicle sales increased more than 10 percent in 2010, compared to 2009. The NFADA says many upper-end models are selling at faster rates as consumers feel they can afford cars with more bells and whistles. A report in this week's Business First says BMW had a 16 percent increase in 2010. Mercedes had a 19 percent hike. Dealers say Audi is strong and Jeep reported a 19 percent jump in sales. The Buffalo Auto Show runs through Sunday.

Kaleida Health is taking steps to close Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital. The State Dept. of Health just approved three projects. Some services and equipment is being shuffled between Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore Suburban.. Kaleida plans to shut down Gates by early 2012.

A report in this week's Business First shows how Snyder Corp. has invested $1 million to add a fitness camp at Beaver Hollow Conference Center. The camp focuses on health. Sessions begin in May and will offer exercise, fitness and diet education in a retreat setting.

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