Ford's Sales Up 7% in November

Ford CEO Alan Mulally with the company's most profitable vehicle: the F-Series. Source: Ford.

Ford (NYSE: F  ) continues its strong year with its best November retail sales performance since 2004, the company announced today. Ford's overall sales were up 7% and its retail sales were up 9%. Ford's F-Series delivered another great sales month and continues to drive the company's overall performance higher.

Sales of Ford's trucks and cars were 15.5% and 6% higher, respectively, for November and remain 13.6% and 11.9% higher year-to-date. Sales of Ford's utility vehicles were down 2% for November, compared to last year, but remain 9.4% higher year-to-date.

November marks the seventh straight month that Ford's F-Series topped 60,000 in sales. Ford considers any sales performance above 50,000 a great month. Sales of the F-Series were up 16.3% in November compared to last year and 19.5% year-to-date, and are on pace to sell roughly 100,000 more vehicles than last year and become America's best-selling truck for the 37th consecutive year.

Ford's Fusion also had a solid year-over-year increase, topping last year's mark by 51% with nearly 23,000 units sold in November. Sales of the Fusion remain 22% higher than last year despite a supply crunch in the middle of the year.

Sales of the Escape SUV -- one of Ford's best-sellers -- dropped slightly to 20,988, and Focus small car sales were off almost 17% to 15,239. Explorer SUV sales also were down nearly 9% to 13,220.

Ford said its Lincoln luxury brand sales rose 17% to 6,727 on strong sales of the MKZ midsize sedan.

"We continued to see sales increases across our full family of vehicles – particularly with our passenger cars and utilities in conquest coastal markets – helping us post our best November retail sales performance since 2004," said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, in a press release. "Fusion and Fiesta were particular standouts, setting November records, and Ford trucks maintained their strong selling pace."

Ford also announced it plans to build 770,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2014 in North America, compared with 784,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2013. Projected production of 770,000 vehicles for fourth-quarter 2013 is unchanged, the company said.

-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


Read/Post Comments (3) | Recommend This Article (1)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2013, at 11:48 AM, picquay wrote:

    I am sure glad sales weren't up 14% because the stock would have dropped $1.00 a share. Sales up 7%, stock down 45 cents.

  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2013, at 12:23 PM, TMFTwoCoins wrote:


    I got a chuckle from that remark. It's true, Ford's stock responds in unique ways to current events. I guess we have to keep in perspective how far Ford's stock has surged in the last 12 months, and that its long term potential looks great -- in my opinion.


  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2013, at 7:25 PM, GymS wrote:

    The main reason for Ford's success, they refused to take bailout (control) money from the fuhrer. People like the fact that they told him to pound sand.

    The only reason GM sells anything, is that the various government agencies were ordered to buy GM. Letter carriers used to be able to take their own car to their routes. Now they must take one of those USPS chevy uplander junks. Besides, GM never repaid any of the 5 'loans.' They only repaid the interest on ONE of the 'loans.'

Add your comment.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2750209, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 9/28/2016 8:25:42 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated 11 hours ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,228.30 133.47 0.74%
S&P 500 2,159.93 13.83 0.64%
NASD 5,305.71 48.22 0.92%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/27/2016 4:01 PM
F $11.98 Down -0.03 -0.25%
Ford CAPS Rating: ****