GM 2Q net earnings fall on loss from sale of European unit

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors' second-quarter net profit fell more than 40 percent largely due to a loss from the sale of its European unit.

The company posted net income of $1.66 billion, compared with a record $2.87 billion a year ago.

If the European numbers are stripped away, income from continuing operations was $2.4 billion, or $1.89 per share, down 12 percent from last year. That still beat Wall Street estimates easily. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.68 per share.

Revenue was $37 billion, falling short of analyst estimates of $40.3 billion.

The net earnings include a $770 million loss from the sale of GM's European business to French carmaker PSA Group. It also includes $655 million in one-time items from restructuring in India and the sale of GM's South Africa business.

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