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GM Earns Record Net Income While Fixing Opel Will Take Longer

General Motors Co. earned $9.19 billion last year, the largest annual profit in its 103-year-history, while saying it may take months to craft a plan to stop European losses.

Fourth-quarter net income attributable to stockholders slid 48 percent to $725 million, the lowest in two years. GM, which regained the global auto sales lead last year, had earned more than $2 billion in each of the three previous quarters. Profit in the fourth quarter fell 25 percent to 39 cents a share, trailing the 41-cent average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.