Fiat Chrysler posts smaller-than-expected loss despite virus

FILE - This May 27, 2019, file photo shows the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A federal judge in Detroit dismisse...
This May 12, 2020, photo shows a general view of the Renaissance Center, headquarters for General Motors, along the Detroit skyline from the Detroit R...

FILE - This May 27, 2019, file photo shows the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A federal judge in Detroit dismisse...

This May 12, 2020, photo shows a general view of the Renaissance Center, headquarters for General Motors, along the Detroit skyline from the Detroit R...

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler posted a second-quarter loss that was not as bad as feared with factories closed by the coronavirus erasing its profits.

The company lost just over $1.2 billion, (1.05 billion euros) but still made $46.2 million before taxes in North America.

The Italian-American automaker was forced to idle plants in the U.S. for about seven weeks. That sapped much of the revenue from its most profitable market.

The company lost an adjusted 77 cents per share from April through June, yet that was far better than the losses of $1.48 that Wall Street was bracing for, according to a survey by FactSet.

The loss was a huge reversal from last year’s second quarter when Fiat Chrysler made $884 million.

The company had warned that the second quarter would be much worse than the first, when it lost $1.84 billion.