August 1, 2017 / 2:54 PM / 3 months ago

GM Canada sales rises 22 percent in July

Aug 1 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Tuesday it sold 25,852 vehicles in July in Canada, up 22 percent from a year earlier - a striking contrast to the company’s performance in its home market.

The company said it sold 131,000 units to date in Canada, up 16 percent over the same period last year.

In the United States, GM sales dropped 15 percent to 226,107 from a year earlier as the company cut sales to daily rental fleet by more than 80 percent.

Auto sales indicate larger trends like employment and economic growth in a country. Canadian auto sales have been growing with the country’s economy performing better than expected.

Canada’s economy grew by 0.6 percent in May from a month earlier, Statistics Canada said last month, exceeding economists’ forecasts for 0.2 percent.

“Driven by our enormous success with our crossover portfolio, it is like we have sold an extra months’ worth of retail sales so far this year,” John Roth, vice president of sales, service and marketing at GM Canada said in a statement.

Analysts expect auto sales to hit a new record high of 2 million units in 2017, according to analysts at Scotia Bank. (Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bangalore; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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