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the party may soon be coming to an end for u. s. automakers after years of solid gains in demand detroit's big three car manufacturers have seen sales rise to their highest levels in almost a decade , but with the stock the general motors and ford lagging the rest of the market investors seem to think that that growth won't last , can can industry wide restructuring in two thousand nine at the height of the u. s. financial crisis , vehicle sales have climbed steadily marking an annual rate of sixteen and a half million cars and trucks in april almost double the prices are a low of about nine million , but sales growth in the u. s. just flowed drastically to about six percent so far twenty fifteen in double digits just three years ago , demand for small cars and sedans a stalling and profits outside north america and china are practically nil , in that g. m. and ford are both losing money in europe and latin america , with foreign competitors benefiting from lower cost and cheaper currencies analysts say the detroit automakers need a long term plan to generate sustainable profit , in april all three u. s. automakers reported first quarter earnings below analysts' estimates