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Big losses at Opel-Vauxhall fail to prevent GM's overall business from recording record profits
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16 February 2012

General Motors’ European arm lost $747 million (£476 million) in 2011, but it was not enough to prevent the Detroit-based firm from posting record full-year profits.

GM’s overall profit for 2011, its first full year of trading since emerging from bankruptcy, stood at $7.6 billion (£4.83bn). Its previous profits record was in 1997, when it made $6.7bn (£4.3bn).

The full-year loss for GM’s European arm, which includes Opel-Vauxhall, was an improvement from the near $2bn (£1.3bn) that it lost in 2010, but fourth quarter losses were $562m (£358m) alone due to the financial insecurity the continent is currently engulfed in.

GM has persistently stated it has no desire to sell Opel-Vauxhall and is committed to fixing it, but it has not ruled out making further cuts. Dan Ammann, GM’s financial chief, said that the restructuring of Opel’s business over the past two years “has not gone far enough and has not reached break even in the environment we're in today”.

He confirmed GM was in talks with unions regarding further cuts, but did not comment on the future of plants including Britain's Ellesmere Port. GM is “looking at all elements of the business," he said, "to make sure that we make the changes we need to make to get the business profitable."

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newtoybox 17 February 2012

Re: Opel slumps despite GM's profits

xxxx wrote:

507 wrote:
Had further confirmation that the Opel Eisenach plant is in real trouble.

This confirmation of being in real trouble means what exactly ?? Will the plant be closed within 6 months?

Which together with the Mitsubishi plant in Belgium and maybe SAAB in Trolhatten will also both be ready for somebody to buy with workforces already there.

xxxx 17 February 2012

Re: Opel slumps despite GM's profits

507 wrote:
Had further confirmation that the Opel Eisenach plant is in real trouble.

This confirmation of being in real trouble means what exactly ?? Will the plant be closed within 6 months?

507 17 February 2012

Re: Opel slumps despite GM's profits

Had further confirmation that the Opel Eisenach plant is in real trouble. The only redeeming factor is that it was the automotive BMW plant till 1951 when EMW production took over under russian leadership, perhaps BMW want it back for sentimental reasons, BMW also desperately need more manufacturing space which obviously is NOT the case for poor Opel!

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