Ford sales boomed to an 18% gain in April to 212,584, driven by its best April for pickup trucks since 2005. Sales of the company's F-150 pickup were up 24% over a year ago to 59,030 on a continuing rebound as the economy picks up. Jenny Lin, Ford's senior U.S. economist, said on a conference call with analysts and media that pickups sales are "being supported by the housing sector and a boom in the energy sector."
The company noted that sales of full-size pickups have been picking up at the pace of the industry since 2010, but for the first four months of this year they have been outpacing it.
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