General Motors

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left its earnings forecast for the first quarter and 2001 unchanged, and said it expects to report a profit of $2 billion for the year from its North American business.

The automaker expects to earn $4.25 a share for 2001. Analysts are looking for the company to earn 24 cents a share in the first quarter and $3.06 for the year, according to

First Call/Thomson Financial

.

GM said its goals for this year include positive cash flow, a "substantial improvement'' in European operations and continued net income growth at its

GMAC

financing arm.