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On slightly higher revenue, and with cost-cutting moves well underway, Ford Motor Co. posted a much smaller loss in Q1 of 2007 than for the same period in 2006. This year's net loss was a still-substantial $282 million, but compared with a loss of $1.4 billion last year, it seems like a drop in the bucket.

Most of the numbers for the month of June are in, and as you can see the red arrows outnumber the green ones yet again. Eighteen out of the 39 automakers below are reporting a rise in June sales over the same period last year. The 25.9% drop in sales by General Motors has attracted the most attention so far, but the General's performance, along with FoMoCo falling 6.9% and the Chrysler Group dropping 15%, can largely be attributed to the successful summer sales drive of 2005 that artificially in