Ford profits fall 57% on European losses

Ford Cortina 50th anniversary banger race
Image caption Ford celebrated the Cortina's 50th anniversary with a banger race but profits are being battered overseas

Ford has reported a 57% fall in second quarter profit to $1bn (£646m) as it continues to suffer heavy losses at its European unit.

It now expects to lose $1bn in Europe this year, up from a previous forecast of $500-600m.

Chief executive Alan Mulally told analysts that Ford was reviewing all aspects of its business in Europe.

The US's second biggest car company also warned that its full-year profits would be lower than forecast.

The group also said it expected profits in South America to be "substantially lower" this year.

Ford shares remained at two-and-a-half year lows of $9 in early New York trading.

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