UPDATE 1-Ford 4th-qtr profit up 19 pct, autos in loss


(Adds details) DETROIT, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. on Monday posted a higher-than-expected 19 percent increase in earnings, boosted by strength in its finance arm and the sale of its Hertz Corp. rental car unit, even as its core automotive division lost money. Ford, facing a deepening financial crisis in North America, said fourth-quarter net income was $124 million, or 8 cents a share, compared with $104 million, or 6 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding special items, the ...

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