Ford Motor Co.’s preemptive strike of announcing preliminary January sales figures a day early took some of the sting out of today’s announcement January sales fell 23.2% vs. year-ago. Much of the decline was due to a significant decrease in fleet sales, as Ford moves to wean itself from a segment seen as largely unprofitable and detrimental to its brand image. “Total fleet sales were off 42% year-to-year and that includes other sectors that we do business in, namely commercial and ...

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