General Motors Loses Big

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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It was a horrible year for General Motors.

The car company has disclosed that it suffered a loss of nearly $31 billion last year, burning its way through more than $19 billion in cash.

The former symbol of American industrial might says its only hope of surviving for another year is still more help from the government.

GM warns that its expenses are so high and its income is so low that auditors are reviewing whether it can continue as a "going concern."

It has, in effect, become too big for the market, having to pay workers when plants are shut down and cover other costs including pensions and health care.

GM executives met for several hours with members of President Barack Obama's auto industry task force and a spokesman indicates they found an understanding ear. The task force is reviewing the company's survival plan.

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