General Motors Co. said sales in China declined for the fourth time in five months, deepening its slump in the world’s largest auto market.
GM and its China joint ventures delivered 248,815 vehicles in August, 4.8 percent fewer than a year earlier, according to a statement on its website Monday. The company attributed the drop to “softness in the overall vehicle market.”
The largest U.S. automaker’s exposure to the slowdown in China’s car sales has contributed to its stock slumping to an almost 2 1/2 year low on Aug. 25. GM is among the global automakers that are tempering their forecasts for industywide demand after years of plowing billions of dollars into Chinese factories to keep up with a market that surpassed the U.S. in 2009.
GM in July cut its outlook for annual industrywide sales growth in China to the low single-digit range, from the 6 percent to 8 percent range it projected earlier.
While the Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands all set sales records during the year’s first eight months, deliveries fell 7.4 percent for Chevrolet and 8.1 percent for Wuling. GM didn’t provide August sales figures for the individual brands in its release.