GM’s first quarter sales up 3.9% on strong consumer demand

A consumer appears at a Basic Motors Co. Chevrolet motor vehicle for sale at a vehicle dealership in Colma, California, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.

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DETROIT – Basic Motors’ auto product sales were buoyed by potent consumer demand from customers in the 1st quarter as fleet profits cratered and an ongoing semiconductor chip shortage shuttered some assembly vegetation.

The Detroit automaker stated Thursday it sold 642,250 cars during the initially three months of the year, up 3.9% in comparison to a year earlier, when Covid-19 started off forcing dealerships and automobile vegetation to shutter in March.

GM is among the first major automakers to report initial-quarter income on Thursday. Analysts assume profits throughout the sector to be up about 8% or 9% in comparison to the 1st quarter of 2020.

GM claimed retail product sales to particular person buyers improved 19% in the first quarter, although fleet profits to corporate and government purchasers declined 35% from a year before. The automaker expects customer desire to remain resilient in the course of this year.

“Purchaser confidence and paying will keep on to improve owing to stimulus, climbing vaccination premiums and the progressive reopening of the financial state,” GM Chief Economist Elaine Buckberg reported in a launch. “Auto demand ought to stay strong all over the year.”

GM’s Buick, Cadillac and GMC brands knowledgeable double-digit revenue increases in the course of the initial quarter, even though Chevrolet – its most significant brand name – declined 1.7%. Chevrolet’s fall was owing to a 12.5% minimize in profits of its Silverado complete-sizing pickup vehicles.