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GM posts stellar second-quarter, shattering Wall Street earnings forecasts

Automaker 's Q2 profit more than doubles on strength of U.S. earnings, as General Motors raises full-year earnings guidance



General Motors earning beat analyst expectations PHOTO: GM

General Motors posted US$42.4 billion in revenue in Q2, an 11 per cent spike from last year. PHOTO: GM

DETROIT—General Motors’ second-quarter profit more than doubled to a record US$2.87 billion, even as the company cut sales to rental car companies and saw its sales fall in the U.S., its most lucrative market.

The profit was so strong that GM raised its full-year earnings per share guidance by 25 cents to $5.50 to $6.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.81 per share from April through June. Excluding special items, it made $1.86, shattering Wall Street forecasts. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.52 per share.

Revenue rose 11 per cent to $42.4 billion.

GM’s numbers were aided by a small profit in Europe, its first in five years. But the company predicted that wouldn’t hold due to fallout from Great Britain’s vote to exit from European Union.

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