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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:11 PM
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Ford posts loss of $5.8 billion
Oct 23, 2006 By Poornima Gupta

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. <F.N> on Monday posted a quarterly loss of $5.8 billion its largest loss in 14 years as restructuring charges related to planned job cuts in North America and declining sales of its trucks hampered results.

Ford also said it will restate financial results from 2001 through the second quarter of 2006, citing an accounting change on interest rate derivatives used to hedge its long-term debt.

Ford shares fell 3 percent in early electronic trade.

Ford, which is closing 16 plants and cutting up to 45,000 jobs in North America, recorded a net loss of $3.08 per share in the third quarter. A year ago, it posted a loss of $284 million, or 15 cents per share.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=2599644
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:14 PM
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1. Get ready for the shameless bailouts...
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:18 PM
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2. Build Fuel Efficient Vehicles!
There is no excuse for this... your sales are low because you keep making gas guzzlers.
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:23 PM
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3. Not just that!
They also have to contend with the fact that their construction is absolutely godawful. I've worked on cars from Poland that make more sense than Ford. The only reason this company is still going is because of government bailouts and name recognition. The quality of their automobiles is far below the hype.

Of course, perhaps if car manufacturers stopped with the "wacky computer graphics while driving in the Sahara with a celebrity driver and licensed pop songs"-style commercials, they would save a bit of money.
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:30 PM
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4. OUCH!!! Can't wait to see the upper executive management bonuses.......
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 04:30 PM by Double T
for straightening 'things' out by laying off 30,000+ workers. Management makes huge mistakes and the employees ALWAYS are the ones to pay the price!!
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mallard Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:54 AM
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16. Ouch
US industry
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mc jazz Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:41 PM
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5. feel for the workers
damn globalisation has flooded the domestic market just like in the uk
they can't compete and high markup suvs and trucks are all thats keeping them afloat
this is a failure to accomodate your industry
bush doesn't care even though these are good old republican believers
neither did they in the uk when they created this bankrupt consumer economy
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 08:07 AM
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19. Spot on, mcjazz.
They have the people here BLAMING THEMSELVES!
It is ridiculous.
This state has the blues in a red economy.

The dems are not doing a very good job of
getting the message out that we need to change
the leadership in WASHINGTON, not LANSING.

Luckily, most people remember what a complete
JACKASS our LAST republican governor was, and
will probably not vote in the criminal in the
wings, DeVos.....
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:02 PM
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6. Guess they need to change their name to "BACK".
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:06 PM
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7. I'm glad Bush has decided to focus on the economy
he probably thinks this is great news.

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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:25 PM
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8. How Can You LOSE That Much Money In One Year?
Didn't they sell ANYTHING?
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:36 PM
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10. That's not a year, it's only for the quarter. I think Ford and
GM both want to file for bankruptcy. They have purposely ignored the car market and focused on the more profitable pickup and SUV market. They file bankruptcy they can drop their union contract and legacy costs (health-care and pensions) on the taxpayers. They can also drop their unprofitable car factories and try to hold their share of the pickup and SUV market. That's what the steel, aluminum and other industries have done. So in the end top management and money people will reap the benefits and the workers and taxpayers get screwed again.
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NEOBuckeye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 02:55 AM
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12. Continuing to build & market SUVs is suicide
Gas prices must rise again, and will climb higher due to global instability in the Mideast, as well as due to Peak Oil. If Ford executives had possessed any vision, 15 to 20 years ago they would have pressed to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles. As things stand now, they are literally driving themselves to the edge of a cliff.
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dazzlerazzle Donating Member (329 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:24 PM
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9. ford losses
What do you imagine it costs them to pay over-rated Toby Keith, and to run the ads on prime time pushing their pick-up trucks?
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 04:50 AM
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17. pay over-rated Toby Keith


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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:51 PM
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11. Largest loss since a different Bush was in office?
And this is better than the Iraq "war" for campaigning?
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:02 AM
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13. just a staggering sum of money. unbelievable. they couldn't see this
coming years ago? are they friggin' blind?
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:20 AM
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14. They made too many of those stupid Ford Taruses.
Their numbers should improve soon because they just canned the Taurus.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:47 AM
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15. Omg, that is only for 1/4th of the year. It will be over $20 billion/year
Edited on Tue Oct-24-06 03:47 AM by w4rma
at this rate.
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1932 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 07:52 AM
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18. Its market cap is only $15B.
Edited on Tue Oct-24-06 07:53 AM by 1932
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