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Ford Motor Co. today said it will halt production temporarily at two plants to shrink inventories of its Escort subcompact car, last year's most popular automobile.

Ford spokesman Ray Windecker said production at the company's Edison, N.J., plant stopped Monday and is to resume June 5. On that date, the company's plant in Wayne, Mich., will stop production for a week.

The two plants are the only ones making the Escort. Ford has about a 100-day supply of Escorts at the current selling rate.

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