DEARBORN, Michigan: Ford Motor Company is enjoying a ray of sunlight amid the gloom of US economic forecasting. Its November domestic sales increased for the first time in twelve months to 182,951 vehicles, a small rise on the 182,259 it sold in the year-earlier period.

Despite the modest rise in its fortunes, the firm's manager of sales analysis George Pipas said automakers were "operating in a challenging and uncertain business environment".

And to prove the point, rival General Motors saw its domestic sales slump 11% last month, while Chrysler's slipped 2%.

Japanese automakers fared slightly better: Nissan, Honda and Toyota notched gains of 6.1%, 4.7% and 0.3% respectively during November.

Data sourced from BBC Online; additional content by WARC staff