Mercedes-Benz reports 3% sales rise in October

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German carmaker Daimler said on Friday its Mercedes-Benz unit saw worldwide sales rise in October, powered by strong demand in the United States and China.

Daimler said in a statement it sold a total 111,683 of its Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars worldwide last month, an increase of 3.1 percent year-on-year.

Mercedes' US sales rose by 23 percent to 22,637 units and its sales in China also increased by 23 percent to 16,539 cars, while European sales fell by 11 percent to 43,590.

Mercedes' sales in the home market of Germany were down by as much as 16 percent at 22,603, Daimler said.

© 2011 AFP

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