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SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian vehicle sales fell 23 percent in the first 15 days of April over the same period in March, when there was a rush by consumers to buy discounted cars, an auto industry group said on Monday

Rogelio Golfarb, the new president of Brazil's National Association of Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea), said 53,000 cars, trucks and buses had been licensed for sale compared to 69,000 in the first 15 days of March.

"We had an increase in sales in March due to stocks that still had the IPI (industrial tax) reduced, causing the anticipation (of sales) that we're feeling now," Golfarb said.

Hoping to bolster the beleaguered auto sector, the Brazilian government gave car makers a break on their IPI tax between August last year and February this year, which they passed onto consumers.

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