Strong sport-utility vehicle demand sent Ford Motor Co. (F)'s sales up 9.5 percent in July, exceeding estimates, while Chrysler Group LLC, Nissan Motor Co.
The dollar fell slightly against the yen and euro on Friday after U.S. data for July showed a labor market that continues to add jobs at a moderate pace, but below market expectations, while the unemployment rate ticked higher.
U.S. construction spending fell sharply in June, reflecting a drop in home and private-sector building and a dramatic pullback by state and local governments.
A production assembly mechanic works to hang a gearbox on a CF6-80C2 jet engine at General Electric Co.'s GE Aviation factory in Cincinnati.
WASHINGTON�Consumer spending advanced modestly in June, the latest signal that the economy regained altitude during the second quarter.