General Motors Corp.’s October sales plunged 47% – adjusted for 27 selling days this year vs. 26 last year – as weak consumer confidence and the ongoing credit freeze combined to send the overall U.S. light-vehicle market to levels not witnessed in the post-World War II era. GM delivered 168,800 vehicles in the month, compared with 307,592 year-ago, according to Ward’s data. So far this year, GM sales are down 20.4% vs. like-2007. “In my 27 years, I’ve never seen a month like this,” ...

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