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Ford Sales Rise, but Mercury Falls

Ford sales rose 22% in May but sales of its Lincoln and Mercury brands both declined.



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said sales rose 22% in May, but sales of its Lincoln and Mercury brands both declined.

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The 28% gain at the Ford brand was paced by a 48% increase in truck sales. Ford brand sales totaled 175,370 vehicles. But Mercury sales fell 10.7% to 9,128 vehicles, while Lincoln sales fell 9.5% to 7,755 vehicles.Volvo sales fell 16.5%; without Volvo, the overall Ford increase was 23.3%.

Sales leaders included the F-Series truck, up 49% to 49,858 vehicles. Fusion rose 13% to 22,381, a record for May, while Ford's Taurus rose 98% to 6,466.

Car sales rose 9% while sales of utility vehicles rose 18%. Retail sales rose 19% -- the 19th retail gain in the past 20 months -- while fleet sales rose 32%.

Year-to-date Ford sales are up 31%, with trucks up 34%, utilities up 30% and cars up 29%,

During the third quarter, Ford plans to produce 570,000 vehicles, up 80,000 vehicles or 16% from the third quarter of 2009. In the second quarter, Ford expects to produce 640,000 vehicles, up 15,000 from its prior forecast.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.