Rolls-Royce's record-breaking sales

Rolls-Royce's record-breaking sales

Rolls-Royce sold more cars in the first half of this year than in any other previous six-month period, new figures show.

The West Sussex-based car maker sold a total of 1,968 vehicles between January and June, an increase of 33.4% compared with the same period in 2013.

Sales in Europe were particularly strong and saw a rise of more than 60%, while sales in the Asia Pacific region rose by around 40% and those in the Middle East by more than 30%.

German car maker BMW, Rolls-Royce's parent company, also achieved record-breaking results by selling more than one million vehicles in six months - for the first time ever.

A total of 1,020,211 car were sold in the first half of 2014, 6.9% more than in the same period last year.

The company saw BMW sales rise by 10.2% to 886,347, and its motorcycle brand BMW Motorrad saw an increase of 9.3% to 70,987 - but sales of the Mini dropped by 11.4% to 131,896.

Ian Robertson, BMW board sales and marketing member, said the firm is "on the right track" to hit its target of selling more than two million vehicles this year.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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Copyright Press Association 2014