Excluding items, the automaker earned 84 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected 75 cents. Revenue rose 3% to $39.1 billion. Analysts had estimated $38.4 billion.
Including items, GM earned $1.26 billion, or 75 cents a share, down from $1.5 billion, or 90 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier..
In premarket trading Thursday, GM shares were trading at $38.15, up $1.01 a share."We continue to perform well in the world's two most important markets, the U.S. and China," said CEO Dan Akerson, in a prepared statement. "We also made further progress in our European business and saw the steady performance of our global brands Chevrolet and Cadillac." GM North America reported EBIT-adjusted of $1.98 billion, up from $1.89 billion in the same period a year earlier. GM Europe reported a loss of $110 million, compared with a loss of $394 million a year earlier. GM International, including Asia, reported EBIT of $228 million, down from $627 million. GM South America EBIT was $54 million, up from $16 million. GM Financial EBIT was $254 million, up from $217 million. Follow @tedreednc -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Ted Reed