UPDATE 1-Ford says April US auto industry sales weak


(Adds details, background and byline) By Poornima Gupta DETROIT, April 27 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. said U.S. auto industry sales so far this month have been weaker than expected as consumer confidence has been hit by a slow housing market and rising gas prices. "This month is terrible," Ford chief sales analyst George Pipas said in an interview on Friday . "We are not even close to where we expected to be in April." Pipas said industry volume appeared to be down 10 percent to date ...

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