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Mercedes has record sales in September

 

Daimler AG's luxury brand Mercedes-Benz sold a record number of cars in September.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker said it sold 142,994 vehicles during September, up 15.9 per cent on the same month a year before.

It credited new versions of its E-Class and S-Class sedans, as well as increased sales of its smaller models such as the A-, B- and CLA-Class. Compacts increased sales as a group by 68.3 per cent in the first nine months of the year.

September sales rose 6.7 per cent in the US, the brand's biggest single market, and 21.2 per cent in China. Sales at home in Germany rose only 1.5 however.

Mercedes-Benz also increased sales 14.2 per cent in Europe, where car sales have generally lagged because of recession and sky-high unemployment in several countries.