Volkswagen Group reports record sales as deliveries outside western Europe drive growth

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BERLIN - Volkswagen AG says group sales through the first 11 months of 2012 have already surpassed last year's record full-year result as deliveries outside western Europe more than offset declines in the debt-troubled region.

Europe's largest automaker said Friday it sold 8.29 million vehicles from January through November, up 10.4 per cent over the same period last year and more than the 8.16 million it sold over the whole of 2011. November sales totalled 794,500 — up 11.7 per cent from last year.

January-November sales to western Europe excluding Germany dropped 6 per cent to 1.71 million vehicles, though German sales rose 3.4 per cent to 1.10 million. North American sales rose 26.1 per cent to 757,300, while Asia-Pacific sales increased 19.5 per cent to 2.86 million.

The Volkswagen group includes brands such as Skoda and Seat.

Organizations: Volkswagen Group, North American, Skoda

Geographic location: Europe, BERLIN, Germany Asia-Pacific

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