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    to catch up

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to render the following excerpt from a NYT’s article? I found difficult to find the proper and adequate meaning of the expression in bold. I guess it have to be “interrupting”, ”suspension”.

    Worldwide vehicle production has been growing an average of 3 percent annually since the beginning of the decade, according to the research firm CSM Worldwide. But with sales falling in virtually every region because of weak economies and tight credit, auto companies will cut vehicle production as much as 10 percent next year, CSM predicted.
    “The sales decline has been so precipitous that production has to be reduced to catch up,” said Michael Robinet, CSM’s vice president for global vehicle forecasts.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: to catch up

    ... in order to make a profit

    Worldwide vehicle production has been growing an average of 3 percent annually, but with sales falling in virtually every region, auto companies will cut vehicle production as much as 10 percent next year in order to catch up.

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    Re: to catch up

    Hi soup,

    Thank you for your explanation. Would you tell me whether I am on the right track replacing "catch up" with "fetch up", "make up" for (a loss), "recover", "counterpose", "compensate for"?

    Thank you again for your empathy.

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