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Ford U.S. Sales Up 14 Percent In February

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 14 percent in February thanks to big demand for its Focus compact car.

Focus sales more than doubled over last February to 23,350. It was the best February for the Focus in 12 years.

Ford's U.S. sales chief Ken Czubay said higher gas prices increased demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles in the second half of the month. The Escape, Ford's small SUV, also saw sales rise 4 percent.

But most of Ford's cars saw sales declines, including the Fiesta subcompact and Fusion and Taurus sedans. The newer Focus might have grabbed sales from those cars.

Truck sales were strong thanks to cash-back offers and other incentives. Ford said F-Series pickup sales were up 26 percent.

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