GM Reports Profit, Thanks to Cost Cuts, New Models
Consider this your shareholder statement, taxpayers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2010 7:52 AM CDT
In this July 9, 2009 file photo, the General Motors headquarters is seen in Detroit. General Motors Co.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)
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(Newser) – General Motors rode cost cuts and strong sales of new models to its first quarterly profit in nearly three years, it said in its earnings report today. The Detroit automaker says it earned $865 million from January through March, a strong sign GM has reversed course from staggering losses that nearly caused its death.

The $1.66-per-share profit was far better than a loss of $6 billion, or $9.78-per-share, for the same period last year. It's also a sign that GM may be able to back up CEO Ed Whitacre's forecast of a full-year profit. GM has repaid $6.7 billion of the $50 billion the government loaned it, and hopes to pay back the rest with a stock sale. The government now owns 61% of the company.