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General Motors profits rise in Q1, 2024 earnings forecast revised

General Motors posted strong first quarter earnings this week, offsetting declines in sales with better pricing

General Motors beat analyst estimates in its first quarter earnings report, scoring a significant profit boost despite seeing a decline in year-over-year sales.

The Detroit automaker reported a net income of $3 billion, up 24.4% from the first quarter of 2023, on revenue of $43 billion, up 7.6%. The latter number comes in slightly ahead of Wall Street estimates of $41.9 billion. 

The company’s success can be attributed to strong demand for its pickup and SUV lineups, both of which comprise a large portion of its earnings thanks to their wider profit margins. Competitors like Ford and Toyota, on the other hand, relied more heavily on a sudden spike in hybrid demand to reach their targets. General Motors currently has only one hybrid offering among its products.

During the January-through-March period, the company sold 594,233 vehicles, a 1.5% decline compared to 2023. However, General Motors still came out on top in U.S. sales, beating Toyota’s volume of 565,098. Retail sales also surged 6%, helping to further boost profits thanks to high car prices.

Citing its financial success, General Motors now expects to earn between $12.5 billion and $14.5 billion, up slightly from its initial estimate of $12 billion and $14 billion.

The automaker’s earnings underline the impact of strong pricing in the post-pandemic car market. While affordability challenges have caused demand to stagnate for some car brands, the higher MSRPs have also prevented revenue declines. Whether that balance can continue into 2024 remains unclear, however. Manufacturers are facing increasing competition from companies like China’s BYD, which has successfully wrested domestic market share away from foreign adversaries such as General Motors through lower prices.

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Colin Velez
Colin Velez
Colin Velez is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2018, he kicked off his writing career by developing marketing and public relations material for various industries, including travel and fashion. Throughout the next four years, he developed a love for working with journalists and other content creators, and his passion eventually led him to his current position. Today, Colin writes news content and coordinates stories with auto-industry insiders and entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

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