Chrysler LLC reported on Tuesday total unit sales of 79,010 for the month of May units, representing the best retail sales month of 2009 while the company also had an above average performance compared to industry.

While the company’s total unit sales decreased by 46.9 percent from 148,747 compared to the same month a year ago; the company’s retail market share however increased.

We are pleased that consumers responded to Chrysler's reorganization by purchasing our products, resulting in our best retail sales month of the year, said Jim Press, Vice Chairman and President - Chrysler LLC.

Overall our sales were above expectations during this month of transition”, he added.

The cumulative year to date figure stood at 402,900 units as opposed to 750,369 a year ago, dropping 46.3 percent.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved on June 1 the sale of the majority of Chrysler LLC's assets to a new company, Chrysler Group LLC in alliance with Fiat S.p.A.

Chrysler LLC North America Parts Sales and Marketing executive vice president, Steven Landry, described the month of May “as a very encouraging retail month for Chrysler and the industry”.