August 7, 2012 / 10:03 AM / 5 years ago

BMW car sales gain in July on China, Russia demand

A logo of BMW is pictured on a car before the German luxury carmaker BMW annual shareholders meeting at the company's headquarters in Munich, May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Guido Krzikowski

BERLIN (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) posted a 4.2 percent increase in luxury auto sales in July on strong demand from China and Russia, contrasting rival Mercedes-Benz, which suffered the first drop in volumes last month.

Munich-based BMW, the world’s biggest luxury carmaker, said on Tuesday that brand sales rose to a record 113,253 vehicles, driven by demand for models such as the 1-Series hatchback and the X3 compact SUV. Seven-month deliveries gained 7.7 percent to 860,327.

“We’re confident that we will continue to make solid gains throughout the second half of the year,” said BMW sales chief Ian Robertson, noting the new X1 compact SUV and the revamped 7-Series sedan may add momentum to sales.

Daimler’s (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes, the smallest of Germany’s three dominant luxury brands that also include Audi (VOWG_p.DE), said on August 3 that its premium auto sales fell 3.1 percent in July to 97.327 vehicles. Audi is due to report auto sales on Thursday.

Reporting By Andreas Cremer

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