CAAM cut its national auto sales forecast after July figures indicated auto sales increased only 2.2% over the previous year to1.28 million units. It blamed the weak numbers on macroeconomic controls and the expiration of government policies introduced after the recent financial crisis aimed at boosting sales of vehicles. Last month, the trade organisation lowered its forecast for increased total annual sales from 10 - 15% to a 5% increase over 2010.