DETROIT -- General Motors sold fewer vehicles globally but built more of them in the second quarter than in the same period last year, according to the automaker and the Automotive News Data Center.
The world's biggest automaker sold 2.4 million vehicles globally in the second quarter, a 7.7 percent decline from the second quarter of last year. GM sold 2.6 million vehicles in the same period last year.
In the United States, sales have slipped 15.4 percent in the second quarter compared with the year-ago period. GM sold 1.1 million vehicles in the United States, 200,000 fewer than it sold in the same period in 2005.
Year-to-date, GM has sold 4.6 million vehicles globally, down 2.3 percent compared with the year-ago period.
GM attributes the decline to two factors: the automaker's Employee Pricing for Everyone program, which began in June 2005 and was not copied this year, and a decline in fleet sales in Europe.
GM built more vehicles during the second quarter of this year compared with the year-ago period. Globally, GM built 2.4 million vehicles in the second quarter this year compared with 2.3 million in the year-ago period.
In the United States, GM built 1.23 million vehicles in the second quarter compared with 1.24 million vehicles produced in the year-ago quarter.
GM says it anticipates further growth in Chevrolet sales in the third quarter with the fall launch of the new Silverado full-sized pickup in the United States and the increased availability of the Captiva SUV in Europe and Asia.
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