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*Profitable in Europe despite lower industry sales. Oct 26- Auto parts maker Lear Corp beat Wall Street third-quarter profit and sales expectations on Friday as North American sales were strong and operations in Europe were profitable despite a plunge in auto production there.
DETROIT, Oct 26- U.S. safety regulators are investigating 310,000 Taurus and Mercury Sable cars built by Ford Motor Co over a problem that could cause the throttle to be stuck open. The cars were built for the model years 2000 to 2003 and equipped with 3.0- liter V6 Duratec engines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
DETROIT-- Toyota has widened its global sales lead over General Motors after bouncing back from a series of natural disasters. While Toyota's sales rose 28 percent in that period, GM's rose 2.5 percent, to 6.95 million cars and light-duty trucks.
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Labor Department releases third-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for October, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for September, 10 a.m..
Oct 26- U.S. auto parts supplier American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc reported a surprise quarterly loss, hurt by restructuring and debt refinancing costs. American Axle reported a net loss of $8.2 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with a profit of $22.6 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier.
"RoboCop," which has been filming in Toronto, was approved for $294,000 in incentives on $1 million in anticipated in-state spending. The reboot of the classic 1987 cult film with Peter Weller will include shots of Detroit and its landmarks. Eminem's "Detroit Rubber" was approved for $53,000 on nearly $170,000 of projected Michigan spending.
DETROIT-- American Axle& Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it posted an $8.1 million third-quarter loss due to the cost of closing factories and refinancing its debt.
DETROIT-- Federal safety regulators are investigating some older-model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans because the throttles can stick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 50 complaints about sticky throttles in the cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years. The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable and are nearly identical cars.
DETROIT-- Toyota has widened its global sales lead over General Motors because its factories have recovered from last year's earthquake. Toyota could face a slowdown in the fourth quarter as sales fall in China. Anti-Japanese sentiment flared in China after Japan nationalized tiny islands in the East China Sea.
DETROIT-- Shares of used-car dealership chain Carmax Inc. could get a boost Friday from a Credit Suisse analyst's upgrade. CarMax's store base is rising from 110 to more than 300, one of the largest expansions in the retail business, Balter wrote.
DETROIT-- Shares of Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co. fell more than 10 percent on Friday as the company's third-quarter net income and revenue dropped on lower tire sales in Europe. The Akron, Ohio, company's results fell short of Wall Street's expectations as problems in Europe offset cost cuts and profits in North America.
DETROIT-- The Detroit Tigers are in the World Series for the second time since 2006. But much of the city seems seasons away from its own grand slam. Whole Foods is building a store north of where the Tigers play, and wealthy optimists are snapping up vacant downtown office buildings and filling them with workers.
TOKYO-- Toyota sold 7.4 million vehicles around the world in the first nine months of the year, up 28 percent from a year earlier, but its strong growth faces headwinds from a sales plunge in China that could unseat it as the world's top automaker.
*Ford to move Southampton production to Turkey. LONDON/ DETROIT, Oct 25- Ford motor Co unleashed a second volley of European job cuts and plant closures on Thursday in a bid to halt regional losses that the automaker now expects to surpass $3 billion over two years.
DETROIT, Oct 25- J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive on Thursday raised the forecast for 2012 U.S. auto sales to 14.4 million vehicles, from the previous forecast of 14.3 million, as the auto industry continues to recover from its downturn three years ago.
DETROIT, Oct 25- J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive on Thursday raised their forecast for 2012 U.S. auto sales to 14.4 million vehicles, from the previous forecast of 14.3 million, as the auto industry continues to recover from its downturn three years ago.
LANSING, Mich.-- Michigan is reporting a second straight big drop in unemployment, with the rate down 2.1 percentage points in two months. The Department of Technology, Management& Budget said Thursday that Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate stood at 8.2 percent in September, down from 9.2 percent in August and 10.3 percent in July.
DETROIT, Oct 25- AutoNation Inc, the largest U.S. automotive retailer, posted slightly lower than expected third-quarter earnings and revenue on Thursday and its shares fell more than 7 percent. In an interview, Chief Executive Mike Jackson said the earnings miss was due to AutoNation buying back fewer shares than expected.
DETROIT, Oct 25- Ford Motor Co's head of Europe said on Thursday that state aid to struggling carmakers would be untenable in the future, particularly during the deep economic downturn in Europe.
DETROIT, Oct 25- Ford Motor Co expects to lose a combined $3 billion in Europe in 2012 and 2013, executives said during a conference call on Thursday, adding that European car sales may only rise to 15 million annually by mid-decade.