General Motors bucked Wall Street's low expectations and negative publicity over a flood of safety recalls, reporting a modest rise in U.S. sales in June.
The early sales reports indicate the industry overall had a better-than-anticipated showing in June, even though there were two fewer selling days than a year ago.
GM delivered 267,461 new cars in June, up 1 percent from a year earlier. Analysts had expected 247,767.
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In the first six months, the top U.S. automaker has issued 54 safety recalls totaling a record 29 million vehicles. GM has linked at least 16 deaths to several of the problems leading to the recalls.
Ford sales fell 5 percent to 222,064, but the company still beat the analysts' forecast of 217,007.
Chrysler had a 9 percent gain to 171,086, while Nissan was up 5 percent at 109,643.
June sales for the U.S. market overall were expected to fall about 3 percent.