Ford Motor Co. officials are upbeat following better-than-expected light-vehicle sales in October, though overall the auto maker saw deliveries decline 13.0% to 190,359 units. In addition to beating analysts’ predictions, Ford officials were buoyed by the impressive growth posted by the auto maker’s cross/utility vehicles, with Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models up a combined 145% compared with year-ago. The drop in the overall daily sales rate (26 days this year vs. 25 days in 2006) comes ...

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