February 10, 2016 / 8:08 AM / 3 years ago

BMW sales rise 7.5 percent in January on demand in Europe, China

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE) reported a 7.5 percent rise in monthly car sales to 152,879 vehicles in January, as growth in Europe and China more than offset a slide in the United States, where winter storms deterred car buyers.

A BMW logo is seen at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

“Despite many markets showing continuing volatility, we remain optimistic that this positive trend will continue through 2016,” sales chief Ian Robertson said in a statement on Tuesday.

Deliveries of BMW and MINI model cars in China were up 8.4 percent at 43,441 vehicles in January, while deliveries in the United States slipped 4 percent to 26,667 cars to due to storms that disrupted large parts of the country, BMW said.

Sales in Europe were up rose 10.9 percent, helped by double-digit growth in Italy, France and Spain.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Arno Schuetze

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