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“The recovery from such a severe global recession as we experienced is never easy and it is never linear. We don’t expect every month to be stronger than the last. Will June measure up to May? Probably not. Is that cause for concern? Not in the least,” George Pipas, the U.S. sales analyst for Ford Motor Co., told The Washington Times on Tuesday.

Mr. Pipas said automakers don’t put too much stock in month-to-month fluctuations, instead looking at quarterly numbers.

“You can count on me to keep the cork in the champagne bottle if July’s sales rate is higher than June,” he said.