Ford reports a minor decline in sales in April as the chip shortage weighs on supply

Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks are on the production line at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center on April 26, 2022 in Dearborn, Michigan.

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DETROIT – Ford engine Wednesday saw a 10.5% drop in April sales from a year ago, significantly reducing losses from the past few months.

Ford and the automotive industry in general continue to battle supply chain problems such as the shortage of semiconductor chips that has hit manufacturing for more than a year. Ford’s monthly sales in February and March fell more than 20% due to the problem.

“Although the semiconductor chip shortage in the industry persists, the improvement in inventory flow in April resulted in a significant 1 percentage point increase in share from a year ago with Ford outperforming the industry,” said Andrew Frick. Ford’s vice president of sales, distribution and trucks, in a statement.

Ford has sought to prioritize supplying chips for in demand products such as the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, which nearly doubled sales from April 2021.

Sales of major full-size Ford pickups, including the F-150, continue to struggle due to supply problems. Sales fell 22% last month, pushing sales for the year to drop nearly 30%.