China car giant SAIC records 12.8 percent profit rise in 2014
China’s largest automaker, SAIC Motor, said net profit rose 12.8 percent last year on strong passenger car sales but gains were stunted by slower growth in the world’s number two economy.
The Shanghai-based firm said net profit was 27.97 billion yuan (US$4.56 billion), up from 24.80 billion yuan in 2013, according to a statement issued to the Shanghai stock exchange late Thursday.
“In 2014, the domestic auto market slowed under the influence of the macroeconomic down trend,” said SAIC, which has joint ventures with General Motors of the United States and Germany’s Volkswagen.
China’s economy expanded an annual 7.4 percent last year, the slowest in nearly a quarter of a century.
Overall auto sales in China — the world’s biggest car market — rose 6.9 percent to 23.49 million vehicles last year, according to industry group the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. In 2013, sales surged an annual 13.9 percent.
SAIC’s operating revenue rose 11.4 percent year-on-year to 630 billion yuan in 2014, the statement said.
The company recorded sales of 5.62 million vehicles last year, up 10.1 percent from 2013, it said, adding that passenger car sales surged 16.2 percent to 4.60 million units but commercial vehicle sales plunged 11.0 percent to 1.02 million.