Ford U.S. year-to-date sales jump 5%, best in a decade

Good news out today for the automaker’s Louisville factories, which employ nearly 10,000 workers.

Ford said total U.S. sales grew 5% during the year’s first six months, with 1,353,048 vehicles sold — its best first-half performance since 2006. June sales were up 6%, with 240,109 vehicles sold, the automaker said in a press release this morning.

Ford logoTruck sales were the standout. The company sold 531,500 pickups and vans, a 13% gain vs. a year ago. Truck sales were up 24% last month, driven by strong F-Series sales of 70,937 vehicles: a 29% increase from a year ago, and their best June sales in more than a decade.

Ford’s stock, battered over the past week in the Brexit-fallout, rose 1.6% in mid-afternoon trading to $12.76 a share, on a day when U.S. stocks overall were marginally higher. Even so, Ford is down 4.7% from pre-Brexit levels.

The Kentucky Truck Factory employs about 5,100 workers, producing F-250 and F-550 Super Duty pickups, plus Expeditions, and Lincoln Navigators. The Auto Assembly Factory employs 4,700 producing  Escapes and Lincoln MKCs. More about Ford’s Louisville operations.

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