UPDATE 3-Ford to exceed N. American profit forecast


(Adds details, updates stock price) By Poornima Gupta DETROIT, May 19 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said it expects to exceed its North American pre-tax profit forecast range of $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion for 2004. "We do expect to beat our North America milestone," said Greg Smith, Ford Americas president, told a gathering of analysts at its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. He did not give a reason for the stronger outlook. The second-largest U.S. automaker also said ...

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