Ford also revised upward its full-year earnings forecast from 70 cents a share to 95 cents to $1.05 a share. In addition to a strong performance at Ford Financial, the company said intense cost cutting drove results, although it experienced another large loss in worldwide automotive operations.
Ford targeted cutting expenses by $500 million at the beginning of the year. As the company attempts to maintain global restructuring, the new cost-reduction goal is at least $3 billion.Trying to rebound from $6.4 billion in losses in 2001 and 2002, Ford has announced more than 7,700 job cuts worldwide in recent weeks.
The company said the adoption of a new accounting standard reduced third-quarter income by $264 million, or 14 cents a share. Earnings from operations before the effect of the accounting change were $237 million, or 13 cents a share, compared with a loss of $244 million, or 14 cents a share, in the third quarter of 2002.
The company said it also faced a $56 million charge in the third quarter related to job reductions in the United Kingdom and Germany and a shift reduction in Belgium. Further charges of between $550 million and $600 million are expected in the fourth quarter.
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