San Francisco Chronicle

Strong earnings expected in ’21


General Motors’ firstquart­er net income surged to $2.98 billion as strong U.S. consumer demand and higher prices offset production cuts brought on by a global shortage of computer chips.

Despite the semiconduc­tor shortage, GM stuck with fullyear pretax earnings guidance of $10 billion to $11 billion issued earlier in the year and said earnings would be at the high end of the range. Fullyear net income is expected to be between $6.8 billion and $7.6 billion. The company predicts a strong first half with a pretax profit of around $5.5 billion. Shares jumped to $57.42.

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