Business: Chrysler's Skid

Can General Patton help?

While the gasoline shortage and the economic slowdown have hurt sales for all the automakers, times have been particularly rough for the weakest of the Big Three, Chrysler Corp. After the company lost an unexpectedly large $53.8 million for the first quarter, Group Vice President Harold Sperlich admitted, "You cannot stand too many quarters like that and keep the company afloat." Some Wall Street analysts expect that 1979 losses will top last year's $204.6 million.

Chrysler's unit sales so far this year have dropped 13.4%. Stuck with the oldest plants...

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