Ford March U.S. Sales Rise 8% To 254,711 Vehicles

By Ciara LinnaneMarketWatch Pulse

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that U.S. sales rose 8% to 254,711 vehicles, its best march sales result since 2001. Lincoln sales grew 11%, while Ford F-Series sales rose 9%. "Total Ford brand SUVs are off to their best start in company history, with first quarter total sales of 188,100 -- up 15 percent versus a year ago," the company said in a statement. Shares fell 1.5% in premarket trade, and are down 4% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 0.8%.

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