May 1, 2008 / 6:04 PM / 10 years ago

GM U.S. sales down 22.7 pct

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp (GM.N) on Thursday reported a 22.7 percent fall in April U.S. auto sales on an adjusted basis, led by a 32 percent decline in truck sales.

General Motors Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn (L) and General Manager Jim Taylor (C) listen as Vice Chairman Bob Lutz invites the audience on to the stage for a closer look at the vehicles during press days of the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 14, 2008. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

GM’s overall sales fell to 260,922 vehicles in April from 311,687 in the same month a year earlier. The percentage fall was adjusted to reflect two more selling days last month compared with April 2007.

Inventory fell to about 824,000 vehicles at the end of April, down about 206,000 vehicles from a year earlier to the lowest level since September 2005.

GM said a two-month-old strike at supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (AXL.N) reduced the automaker’s April production by about 130,000 vehicles.

Reporting by Soyoung Kim; editing by John Wallace

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