Beijing — General Motors (GM) has fallen prey to a slowing Chinese economy amid a worsening trade war with the US. The largest US carmaker on Monday posted a 15% drop in deliveries in China for the three months ended September 30, its first quarterly report since the trade dispute began escalating in July. The automaker’s sales in China fell 2.5% in the first nine months of this year, GM said in a statement. Slower economic growth and a trade dispute with the US that has intensified in the past few months are threatening to put the brakes on a near three-decade growth in China’s vehicle sales. GM was mainly losing market share to Japanese automakers, especially in compact sedans and sport utility vehicles, said Yale Zhang, an analyst with Automotive Foresight in Shanghai. Among GM nameplates, Buick and Baojun models posted the biggest sales drops, respectively falling 19% and 24% during the third quarter. “This cannot be attributed to just one factor,” Bill Russo, CEO of Shanghai-ba...

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