Audi's Sales Up 18.1 Percent In April

BERLIN (AP) -- Luxury automaker Audi AG is reporting that rising demand for its premium cars has pushed its global sales in April up by more than 18 percent.

The automaker, based in Ingolstadt and owned by Volkswagen AG, said Thursday that it sold 96,700 cars last month with increases reported in every region from the U.S. to China. That's above the 81,882 cars it sold in April 2009.

In the U.S., sales rose nearly 33 percent with 9,319 cars sold while in China, sales were up more than 61 percent to 19,606.

Audi shares were up 1.4 percent to euro572.25 ($739.58) in Frankfurt trading.

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