UK brand names boost BMW sales

UK brand names at both ends of the automobile market are keeping German carmaker BMW buoyant after it recorded a 2% increase in sales over August.

The luxury car brand Rolls Royce and the new Mini models are the main contributors to the rise on last year's figures, the firm said.

August sales of BMW cars were flat versus a year ago, but Mini sales were up nearly 11%, while Rolls Royce car sales increased by 23% on the same month in 2007. Meanwhile, BMW motorcycles fell 9%.

For the first nine months, the group's sales are up more than 4%, with BMW cars up 2.2%; Mini up 15% and Rolls Royce up more than 52%. Motorcycle sales continued to lag, down nearly 3% in the first nine months.

Ian Robertson, BMW AG's sales and marketing manager, said: "The difficult economic conditions on the global automobile markets remain a major challenge. However, the BMW Group was able to continue to grow during the month with a strong focus on high performing and profitable markets across the world."

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