GM April US sales rise 6.9 percent

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In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a worker completes an Opel Adam car at the German car company Opel Eisenach GmbH, owned by General Motors, in Eisenach, Germany. General Motors reported quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors says its April U.S. sales rose 6.9 percent as a string of embarrassing recalls had little impact.

The Detroit automaker says it sold just over 254,000 cars and trucks for the month, led by the Buick brand with a 12 percent increase.

GM’s results show that auto sales are rebounding after being depressed earlier in the year by harsh winter weather. Crosstown rival Chrysler also reported a big increase at 14 percent.

GM was led by the Buick Encore small SUV with sales up 48 percent from a year ago. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, GM’s top-selling vehicle, rose 8.5 percent to nearly 43,000.

Since February GM has announced recalls of about 7 million vehicles including 2.6 million small cars for a deadly ignition switch defect.

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