by French Press Agency – AFP
General Motors reported a smaller-than-expected loss Wednesday as strong pricing for some newer auto models partially mitigated the hit from much lower sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The big U.S. automaker lost $758 million in the second quarter, compared with a $2.4 billion profit in the year-ago period.
The company described the results as “solid” amid the pandemic, and said steps it had taken to cut costs meant the automaker was well-positioned to weather the storm.
GM said some of the austerity measures, which included worker furloughs, would become permanent.
“We have a track record of making swift and strategic decisions to ensure our long-term success for the benefit of all our stakeholders,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.
“We will continue to drive the necessary change throughout the company to enable growth as we prepare to deliver a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” she said.
Strong truck and SUV sales continued to support U.S. results, GM said, but U.S. sales were down 34% due to the COVID-19-imposed production shutdowns.
Sales in China were down just 5.3% while global sales fell 24%, the company said.
Revenues were below expectations at $16.8 billion, but the results translated into a loss of just 50 cents per share, far better than the expected hit of $1.77 a share.
Shares of the auto giant rose nearly 4% in pre-market trading.