A strong North American performance helped Ford Motor Co. offset its poor results overseas and cruise to a record operating profit of $2.48 billion for the second quarter, a 4% jump from like-1998. Ford continued to generate most of its profit in the U.S., with sales of pickups, sport/utility vehicles and minivans leading the way. Ford sold 1.237 million vehicles in the second quarter in North America, 679,000 of those sales were trucks sold in the U.S. Car sales for Ford in the U.S. also ...

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