(F - Get Report) said it earned 60 cents a share in the first quarter, excluding items, six cents a share better than analysts surveyed by
Thomson Financial/First Call expected.
The automaker said worldwide vehicle sales in the first quarter were 1.8 million, off 6% from 1.9 million a year earlier. Revenue slipped 1% to $42.36 billion from $42.89 billion. Automotive earnings came in at $748 million, off from $1.55 billion a year ago. The company blamed lower unit volumes in North America compared with last year's record levels.
Ford Credit earned $406 million in the first quarter, compared with $353 million a year ago.
(GM - Get Report) surpassed analysts' estimates for
revenue and earnings
growth in the first quarter, largely due to better-than-expected results from its financing arm,
General Motors Acceptance.