GM Global Sales Rise in Q2

Sales outside the U.S. grew to 72% of total sales from 65% a year ago

General Motors said on July 22 that its global sales rose 20% in a quarter-over-quarter basis to 1.94 million vehicles in the three months to June 30, led by growth in Asia.

The company said the second-quarter sales figure was down 15% from the same period a year ago.

GM sales outside the U.S. grew to 72% of total sales from 65% a year ago.

"We are moving quickly to respond to new market opportunities around the globe and meeting customer needs with fuel-efficient products that offer advanced technology, compelling designs and great value," said Jonathan Browning, GM vice president for global sales..

GM said its Asia Pacific regional sales were up 38% compared with a year ago, including the Wuling brand, a joint venture of GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

GM's North American sales fell 32% compared with a year ago in the quarter but U.S. sales rose 31% from the first quarter.

Sales were off 20.1% in Europe from a year ago and 20.8% in Latin America.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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