The Wall Street Journal: Car sales hit the skids in 2019

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Several major car companies reported softer U.S. sales for 2019, as the auto market shows signs of easing after posting a multiyear streak of near-record results.

General Motors Co.’s GM, -2.90%  sales fell 2.3% for the year, dented in large part by a 40-day strike last fall that brought more than 30 U.S. factories to a standstill, the company said Friday.

In the fourth-quarter alone, the Detroit auto maker’s sales fell 6% over the prior-year period, illustrating the impact of the United Auto Workers strike, which depleted new-vehicle supply on dealership lots, the company said.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s FCAU, -3.28%  sales in the U.S. fell 1% last year, while Toyota Motor Corp. TM, -0.97%  reported a nearly 2% decline in U.S. sales.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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