(Reuters) – Ford Motor Co F.N on Friday ongoing to exhibit symptoms of a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as need for sports activities utility automobiles and pickup vehicles helped improve third-quarter sales in the United States.

FILE Photograph: Ford Ranger Raptor is witnessed throughout the media working day of the 41st Bangkok Intercontinental Motor Demonstrate right after the Thai governing administration eased measures to avoid the unfold of the coronavirus ailment (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The U.S. vehicle sector has climbed again a lot quicker than other industries, but automakers had a hand in that with aggressive incentives like zero-for-84 months financing, payment deferrals and occupation assurance programs.

Ford posted a 5% slide in U.S. auto product sales for the 3rd quarter but mentioned a continuing restoration from pandemic-induced lockdowns served it document better sales compared with the second quarter.

The No.2 U.S. automaker, which announces its quarterly profits volumes a working day later on than the relaxation of the market, reported it offered 551,796 autos in the country in the quarter, down from 580,251 a 12 months previously.

Its income have been, on the other hand, up 27.2% when in contrast with the previous quarter.

“The seasonally adjusted gross sales pace for September shown nevertheless yet another sequential advancement for the business, and a return to close to pre-virus levels … a print 16.4mn is not much off the 17mn degree we noticed from 2015-19,” Credit rating Suisse analyst Dan Levy explained.

“It continues to be to be witnessed if this stage of product sales can be sustained around-phrase.”

Larger rival Basic Motors Co GM.N noted a 10% decline in profits on Thursday and claimed the auto revenue have been even more resilient and created a substantial rebound in the third quarter.

Even though overall market income in the quarter were being down, the development was favourable as desire increased just about every thirty day period, specifically between retail people for substantial-revenue SUVs and pickup vans.

Gross sales for its F-Collection pickup-truck rose 3.5% in the quarter when in contrast with a 12 months in the past, marking its most effective pickup income considering that 2005, Ford reported.

Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru Editing by Maju Samuel