General Motors says efforts to manage the global computer chip shortage have worked better than expected, so it's financial results will improve over previous forecasts.
The company says in a statement Thursday that it has made engineering changes, prioritised semiconductor use and pulled some potential deliveries into the second quarter. So now the first-half earnings will be significantly better than forecasts it issued earlier in the year.
GM had predicted a first-half pretax profit of around USD 5.5 billion when it released first-quarter earnings in May. The company also said it's optimistic about the full year, but gave no further details.
In the first quarter the company turned a USD 2.98 billion net profit as strong US consumer demand and higher prices offset production cuts brought on by the chip shortage.
GM previously forecast a full-year pretax profit of USD 10 billion to USD 11 billion and said earnings would be at the high end of the range. Full-year net income is expected to be between USD 6.8 billion and USD 7.6 billion.
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