Sales for the world's leading luxury carmaker BMW
raced ahead to a record high in June as strong demand in Asia and the
United States offset Europe's stagnating auto market, the group said
Global sales hit 184,489 in June, representing an increase of 6.9 per cent compared with the same month last year, the Munich-based carmaker said.
Leading the increase was a 9.4 per cent gain in sales of the group's core BMW brand, in particular, the BMW 3 Series.
"The BMW group achieved its best-ever sales figures in the first half of this year and last month, despite the prevailing headwinds in some European markets," BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said in a statement.
The June increase in group sales resulted in worldwide deliveries rising to 954,521 during the first six months of the year.
This represented an increase of 6 per cent compared with the January to June period of 2012.
Helping to drive the increase was a 14.4-per-cent jump in group deliveries in Asia in the first six months of the year.
Deliveries to the US during the first half rose 9.7 per cent, while group sales in Europe were unchanged from the same period last year.
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