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Friday, 03 January 2014 11:33

GM US sales drop more than 6 percent in December

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its December U.S. sales fell more than 6 percent, but the company still finished the year with a 7.3 percent increase. GM says it sold more than 230,000 cars and last month, down from nearly 246,000 a year ago. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, GM's top-selling vehicle, fell 16 percent in a month that traditionally has strong pickup sales. The Chevy Malibu midsize car, which recently was updated, posted a 33 percent sales gain. For the full year, GM sales rose to nearly 2.8 million vehicles. That's expected to be slightly lower than the overall market increase of 8 percent. Auto sales overall were expected to rise 4 percent in December. All automakers report December and full-year sales on Friday.