Mercedes’ global sales hit record in 2012 on U.S. demand

Club Pricing With Never A Membership FeeFRANKFURT (Reuters) — Sales of Daimler AG‘s Mercedes-Benz luxury brand reached a record in 2012 as rising U.S. demand offset a weaker market in China and pushed December volumes to an all-time high.

In the final month of the year, Mercedes sales rose up 0.7 percent at 125,234 vehicles, bringing the total for 2012 to 1.32 million, up 4.7 percent from a year earlier.

December volumes in the United States were up 9.5 percent, while they dropped 18.6 percent in China, a key growth market for premium brands.

Larger rivals Audi and BMW have been increasing their vehicle sales in China at double-digit rates, by comparison.

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