Audi Says July Sales Rise

BERLIN (AP) -- Luxury car maker Audi AG says its worldwide sales were up 7.7 percent year-on-year in July, led by strong growth in China and the United States.

Audi, a unit of Volkswagen AG based in Ingolstadt, Germany, said Friday it delivered 91,400 cars last month, compared with 84,853 a year earlier.

Deliveries in China were up 53.3 percent at 20,537 vehicles. Audi raised its deliveries in the United States by 22 percent to 7,817.

Sales in the western European market were down 8.9 percent to 50,450 cars after government-backed scrappage programs in Germany and elsewhere expired.

Global sales were up 17.4 percent for the January-July period, at 646,300 cars. Deliveries in China rose 62.5 percent and sales in the U.S. were up 27.1 percent.

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