Ford Motor Co.’s top U.S. sales analyst uses golf terminology to describe the auto maker’s September sales results, which plummeted 18.2% vs. year-ago. “I think the industry parred a difficult hole in September, although it was below trend,” says George Pipas. “We weren’t quite up to par.” The decline, based on daily-selling rates (25 days this year vs. 26 days in 2006), was not entirely unexpected, Pipas explains in a conference call with journalists and industry analysts. The auto ...

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