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UAW Head Uses Ford CEO's Big Payday to Rally Union

When Ford awarded CEO Alan Mulally more than $50 million in compensation for 2010's record profit it raised eyebrows around Detroit. Now, the UAW is using that big payday as a rallying point for members as it starts negotiations to regain some of what autoworkers gave up in concessions during the downturn.

Soaring Oil Sends Stocks Sliding and Gold to a Record

The first trading day of the month is usually good to equities, but after a two-day respite, stocks went back back to suffering broad-based declines. The sharp rise in oil prices overshadowed some encouraging corporate and economic news.

February's Sales Put Carmakers in the Fast Lane

It was a good month for auto sales despite inclement weather across much of the country and surging oil prices. Cars sold near an annual pace of 13 million vehicles. That would make February the best on record since the "cash for clunkers" rebate program in 2009.

Ford's Sales Climb 14% on Explorers, Fuel-Efficient Models

Ford reported Tuesday that its sales in February rose 14% compared to a year ago, in part due to strong sales of the revamped Ford Explorer sports-utility vehicle, the Fusion midsized sedan and the Ford Escape compact SUV. Total sales for the month hit 156,626.

GM's February Gain Outpaced Forecasts

Consumers snapped up new GM models despite the steadily rising price of gas. GM said Tuesday that it sold 207,028 vehicles during the month, exceeding analyst expectations. The increase was driven largely by a 70% jump in retail, or individual consumer, sales.

February Auto Sales Likely Kept Zipping Along

Major automakers are set to release February sales figures on Tuesday, and analysts expect the reports will show sales improved 20% compared to a year ago as consumers continued to warm to the slowly improving economy -- so far, despite surging oil prices.

How Hyundai Turned a Corner in the U.S.

Despite tepid industry sales last year, sister South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia set sales records, thanks to savvy designs and sophisticated engineering. They've come a long way from their early econo-box image. Now, if they could just do as well at home.

Ford Posts 13% Sales Gain in January

Ford Motor said sales of its cars and trucks rose 13.3% in January on improved demand by consumers, bucking last year's trend, when sales to fleet customers largely drove the increase. For the month, the automaker sold 127,317 units, up 13.3% compared to a year ago.

General Motors Sales Rose 22% in January

General Motors sales rose 21.8% in January compared to a year ago on strong sales across its lines of passenger cars, "crossover" vehicles and trucks, the automaker said Tuesday. Each of the automaker's four divisions recorded higher sales for the month.

Ford May Post Its Best Yearly Profit in a Decade

Analysts forecast that Ford will announce a profit of 48 cents a share on revenue of about $30.6 billion when it releases earnings on Friday. That translates into an expected pretax profit of $8 billion in 2010, the best Ford has seen since 1999.

Auto Dealers Are Upbeat on U.S. Sales for 2011

The nation's leading trade association for car dealers says it now sees industry sales of nearly 13 million vehicles this year, topping last years by 12%. The rise is attributed to pent-up demand, loosening credit and a rising stock market.

Trucks and SUVs Should Fuel November Auto Sales

Rising confidence among U.S. consumers is expected to translate into healthier numbers for the nation's automakers when they report November sales figures Wednesday. Domestic automakers fared better than their foreign counterparts as sales rebounded further from last year's anemic levels, according to analysts.

October Auto Sales: Is the Market Improving?

Automakers on Wednesday are expected to report a mixed picture for October: mostly better than a year ago, but down slightly from September. Still, the pace appears strong enough that the upper end of full-year sales forecasts of 11.5 million to 12 million units is reachable.

GM's a Day Away From Making Its Own Car Loans Again

General Motors will once again have its own in-house financing unit starting Friday, when the auto giant closes on its $3.5 billion purchase of AmeriCredit. The new unit, to be renamed General Motors Financial, will allow GM to offer consumers more financing and leasing options.

August Auto Sales May Be the Worst in 28 Years

Auto sales braked sharply in August, starting out strong, then slowing to a level that may be the lowest in 28 years. The slowing economy made nervous consumers hesitant to buy, despite the bevy of end-of-model-year deals.

Ford, GM Sales Surge in January as Toyota Tumbles

Ford Motor and General Motors, the two largest U.S. auto makers, reported higher sales in January, as consumers steered cleared of the showrooms of the companies' nearest Japanese competitor, Toyota Motor, which is mired in massive recall involving millions of vehicles.

China Topples U.S. as No. 1 Auto Market

It took a massive recession to make it happen, but China eclipsed the U.S. in auto sales last year. Buoyed by government stimulus, Chinese consumers snatched up 10.3 million cars, while total vehicle sales reached 13.6 million. By contrast, in the U.S., which was the world's largest auto market for decades, sales were just 10.4 million cars and trucks, and 2009 will go down as the slowest sales year since 1982.

Stocks in the News: Kraft Foods, Cadbury, Google, Ford

News that could affect stock prices today: Kraft's Cadbury bid gets slim support from shareholders; Google releases its Nexus One smart phone; Ford, Toyota, Honda reported improved December sales; retailers saw strong finish to the year.

Ford Sales Surge in December

Ford Motor reported Tuesday that sales of its vehicles rose 33 percent in December compared to a year ago. Sales for the full year, however, were down 15 percent compared to 2008. The company increased its domestic market share by a full percentage point, to 15 percent.

GM finally wises up

For the past five months, since its former CEO addressed Congress and asked for aid for the first time, GM (GM) has been chopping costs based on the...