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UPDATE: Chrysler sales down 47 percent, GM sales report mixed

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DETROIT (WKOW) -- General Motors is crediting improved consumer confidence for helping boost sales slightly from April to May.

GM says its U.S. sales fell 30 percent in May from one year ago, but were up 11 percent when compared with April of this year, for a total of 191,875 cars and light trucks sold.

GM has said it already has plans to eliminate its worst performing brands: Pontiac, Hummer, Saturn and Saab. Saturn sales were down 56 percent, Pontiac sales down 52 percent.

Chrysler LLC also released its May sales figures on Tuesday and says sales fell 47 percent in May, to levels of just 79,010 cars and light trucks.

The company says being under bankruptcy protection did not make much of a difference to consumers in the decision to purchase a Chrysler.

Chrysler blames low sales on not selling any cars to fleet buys like rental car companies, and argues its retail sales to individual consumers were the highest so far this year.

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