General Motors on Wednesday reported higher third-quarter US auto sales and lower car inventories as it contends with an auto worker strike now in its third week. The biggest US automaker sold 738,638 autos in the third quarter, up 6.3 percent from the year-ago period, but about 10,000 below a projection from Edmunds.com. Strong categories included truck models under the Chevrolet and GMC brands.
GM's car inventory stood at 759,633, down almost 50,000 since the second quarter, the company said in a brief news release that included none of the usual commentary from executives. Nearly 50,000 US auto workers have been on strike since September 16 as the biggest US auto company and the UAW spar over wages, health benefits, temporary workers and job security.