Top News & Analysis Detroit

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for September, 8:30 a.m..

  • LONDON-- Ford pressed ahead Thursday with its plan to slash production in Europe, announcing another plant closure and 1,500 more job cuts, as it warned that annual losses in the region will exceed $1.5 billion this year and next.

  • AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson said people who held onto their cars through the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009 now have to make a choice between sinking thousands into repairing old vehicles or buying new ones.

  • DETROIT-- AutoNation Inc., the country's largest auto dealership chain, said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose more than 15 percent as it benefited from the continued rebound in U.S. new-car sales. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company said it earned $81.6 million, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30.

  • PONTIAC, Michigan, Oct 24- General Motors Co said the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette that goes on sale next year will get a new 450- horsepower V8 engine.

  • General Motors, which owns the Chevrolet brand, unveiled the new 6.2- liter V-8 on Wednesday. The new version of the Corvette will be unveiled at January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The sleek sports car has been an icon of Detroit muscle since its debut in 1953..

  • NEW YORK-- Ally Financial Inc.' s mortgage lending and servicing subsidiary has given preliminary approval to a $3 billion buyout offer from a unit of Ocwen Financial Corp..

  • LORDSTOWN, Ohio-- President Barack Obama's decision to help America's automakers could end up being what helps drive him back into the White House.

  • MONROE, Mich.-- Steelmaker Gerdau is unveiling new machinery at a Michigan steel facility as part of the company's ongoing expansion. The company on Wednesday is marking the completion of construction of a continuous caster at its North American special steel facility in Monroe, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

  • DETROIT-- Arts groups in Detroit will share nearly $20 million donated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including $9 million to be awarded through a communitywide contest to boost the city's best arts ideas, the foundation announced Tuesday.

  • DETROIT-- Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co. faced a challenging third quarter in a sputtering economy, and its results could reflect that when they are released before the markets open on Friday.

  • PARIS-- The extent of the European car industry's troubles was laid bare Wednesday, when France's government tossed a financial lifeline to the continent's No. 2 automaker, Peugeot Citroen, and Ford said it would shut a plant in Belgium, cutting 9,500 jobs.

  • *Asbury plans to repurchase $25 M- $30 M of stock per year. Oct 23- U.S. auto dealership groups Sonic Automotive Inc and Asbury Automotive Group Inc posted higher third-quarter adjusted earnings as vehicle sales rose and costs stayed about flat.

  • LANSING, Mich.-- Nearly two dozen community health centers in Michigan are getting funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that the money for 22 centers aims to enhance the quality of care and allow more women to be screened for cervical cancer.