BMW sales gain 12.5 percent in August, group says
Sales by German luxury car maker BMW gained 12.5 percent in August from the level 12 months earlier owing to strong demand in China, the group said Thursday as it retained the title of world leader in the sector.
"August sales figures developed better than expected," sales director Ian Robertson was quoted by a statement as saying.
"We are seeing a stable upward trend and are gradually regaining the level we had prior to the economic and financial crisis," he added.
The group delivered a total of 103,329 vehicles worldwide, with BMW's own brand posting a year-on-year increase of 16.3 percent to 88,007 units.
"Asia - and China in particular - was the most powerful force driving our sales growth once again in August," Robertson said.
But though BMW'S result so far this year in China, more than 106,000 BMW and Mini cars sold since January, was already better than in all of 2009, "we aim to maintain a good balance between our Europe, Asia and Americas regions," he added.
BMW retained its lead over German rivals, as Daimler said it sold 81,000 Mercedes-Benz cars last month and Audi reported sales of 80,300 vehicles.
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