DETROIT -

General Motors says its U.S. sales fell 1.2 percent last month as rising truck and SUV sales couldn't offset falling car sales.

Three of GM's four brands reported declines for the month. GMC, which sells only trucks and SUVs, reported a 10 percent increase.

The company said it sold 272,423 vehicles last month.

Still, GM predicted a strong finish for the year. The company now expects total U.S. sales to be near the high end of its forecast range of 16 million to 16.5 million.

GM's sales have held up despite a series of safety recalls. The company has recalled 29 million vehicles for numerous problems.

Industry analysts are predicting flat overall sales in August compared with a year ago. But Chrysler and Nissan bucked the trend with double-digit increases.

August Sales Highlights (vs. 2013 except as noted)

  • Sales of Chevrolet and GMC large SUVs were up 38 percent.
  • Cadillac Escalade deliveries increased 64 percent, for the vehicle line’s best August since 2007.
  • Chevrolet Silverado deliveries were up 13 percent and GMC Sierra sales were up 10 percent, and ATPs improved from July, according to PIN. This was the best August for GM pickups since 2008.
  • The Chevrolet Express van had its best August sales since 2007, with deliveries up 23 percent. The GMC Savana saw a 70 percent increase.
  • Chevrolet Sonic deliveries were up 13 percent for the vehicle’s best August ever.
  • Sales of the Buick Encore small crossover were up 13 percent and Regal deliveries were up 29 percent.
  • In the medium crossover segment, sales of the Chevrolet Traverse were up 11 percent and GMC Acadia deliveries were up 5 percent.
  • Retail deliveries of the Chevrolet Cruze increased 23 percent and Camaro retail deliveries were up 2 percent.
  • GM’s ATPs in August were the highest in company history at about $33,750, according to PIN. ATPs were up $500 per unit compared with July, and they were up about $2,900 from a year ago.