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Audi posts 6.8% sales decline in September

GERMAN car maker Audi AG said yesterday it delivered 6.8 percent fewer cars in September than a year earlier as the global downturn continued to affect demand, but noted it fared better than the wider market and saw gains in some regions.

The Ingolstadt-based company, a unit of Europe's biggest car maker Volkswagen AG, said it sold 88,600 cars for the month compared with 95,136 cars in September 2008.

For the first nine months of the year, the company reported a sales decline of 7.5 percent to 705,300 cars from 762,288 in the January-September period of 2008.

"Our unit sales developed better than expected during the first three quarters of the year," Peter Schwarzenbauer, an Audi sales and marketing official, said in the company's report.

"In the United States we've consolidated our position, and in China we've reasserted our leadership. And the current figures confirm our position as Europe's leading premium brand. We have been able to significantly strengthen our brand during these months."

Audi said for the overall Asia-Pacific region sales expanded by more than 31 percent in the year to September to 19,501 cars.


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