New Delhi, Nov. 1 -- Festive demand and sops announced by the government to help the crisis-hit auto sector helped the country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki post positive growth in October, the first month in the current fiscal.

The carmaker sold a total of 1,44,277 units (inclusive of OEM sales) during October, 2019 in the domestic market recording a 4.5 per cent growth over the same month a year ago.

While it witnessed decline in sales of mini cars such as Alto and S-Presso, the compact segment including New WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno and Dzire posted a healthy growth of 16 per cent year-on-year.

Total sales including exports increased by 4.5 per cent in October to 1,53,435 units.

"Maruti Suzuki India Ltd sold a total of...