Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Automakers report a big rebound in U.S. sales last month.

General Motors' figures rank as perhaps the most surprising of the bunch. Analysts had expected its sales might be hurt by the company's recall crisis, but GM saw a 13 percent increase over sales in May of last year. That makes it GM's best sales month since August 2008.

Nissan had the biggest gain reported so far, with U.S. sales up 19 percent.

Chrysler's sales jumped 17 percent, boosted by strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee small SUV.

Ford's sales rose just 3 percent, as a cutback on incentives dragged truck sales down. But Ford says it was a record month for the Fusion sedan and Escape SUV. Ford is trying to manage pickup truck inventories in preparation for plant shutdowns to change over to its new F-150 pickup, which is due out later this year.

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