EARNINGS: More Nuggets

To the golden flood of third-quarter earnings, a few new nuggets were added.

¶General Motors Corp. reported nine-month sales of $7.9 billion, highest in its history, and $400 million more than in all of last year. G.M. netted $453 million, v. $387 million a year ago. Third-quarter earnings, nipped by the disastrous Livonia plant fire (TIME. Aug. 24), were $140 million, v. $11 8 million a year ago, when the steel strike slowed down operations.

¶United States Steel Corp. reported an increase in earnings from $55.6 million in the second quarter to $61.7...

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