China's auto sales fell 7. 8% in June amid a trade fight with Washington and slower economic growth, extending an unexpectedly painful downturn for automakers that are spending heavily to develop electric cars. Drivers in the global industry's biggest market bought 1. 7 million SUVs, sedans and minivans, according to an industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Total purchases in the first six months of 2019 fell 14% from a year earlier to 10.