Surging China demand, stronger Europe sales propel Mercedes to monthly sales record in March

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BERLIN – Daimler AG says surging demand in China along with a stronger performance in Europe helped propel its luxury Mercedes-Benz brand to record monthly sales figures in March.

Daimler said Friday that it sold 158,523 Mercedes cars last month — a 13.3-per cent increase from a year earlier. Deliveries in China were up 34 per cent at 24,937 while Japanese sales surged 39.5 per cent to 8,690.

Mercedes sold 7.6 per cent more cars in Europe, delivering 76,587 vehicles — helped by a 19.8-per cent rise in British sales. U.S. sales climbed 11.2 per cent to 27,401.

In the first quarter, Mercedes sold 374,276 cars worldwide — an increase of 15.2 per cent.

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