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Automakers pleased with increased sales

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Ford says its U.S. sales rose 13 percent in November, as higher sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles countered a decline in cars.

Sales totaled 166,865 vehicles last month, compared with 147,338 a year earlier.

Ford Motor Co. believes the current momentum in the industry should continue.  It plans to build 675,000 vehicles in the first quarter of next year, up 3 percent, or 18,000 vehicles, compared with the same period this year.

Meanwhile, Toyota is also reporting increased sales.  In the US, the company boosted sales by seven percent in November.  It's especially good news for Toyota since the company's sales have suffered in the months following the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which resulted in parts shortages that limited how many vehicles it could build.

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