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GM Sees 21% Sales Gain in March

GM, the first automaker to report March numbers, said sales of its four core brands rose 43%.
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) -- General Motors said sales rose 21% in March, led by a 76% gain at Buick.

Buick sales were led by the LaCrosse, which rose 236% to 6,054 cars. Buick retail sales rose 34%. Overall, sales of GM's four retained brands totaled 185,406 during the month, a 43% gain for the four brands.

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"Our March results show continued progress toward our growth plan," said Susan Docherty, vice president of marketing, in a prepared statement. "By investing in our brands and remaining disciplined in our approach to the U.S. market, we posted solid results."

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Chevrolet dealers reported sales of 133,165, with retail sales up 24%. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox rose 194%. To meet growing demand for the Equinox and the GMC Terrain, GM said it would increase production.

Month-end dealer inventory in the U.S. stood at about 428,000 units, up 8,000 from February and about 338,000 vehicles fewer than a year earlier.

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said its sales in China were up 84% in the first quarter.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.