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Audi posts 11.5 per cent increase in car sales through May

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Car maker Audi AG, the luxury arm of Volkswagen, said Tuesday that global sales of its vehicles rose nine per cent in May and 11.5 per cent for the year because of demand for its A6, A8 and Q7 models.

The Ingolstadt, Germany-based company said it sold 79,200 cars last month worldwide, up 9.2 per cent from May 2005, with sales up in Europe, Asia and North America.

In the May-January period, the car maker sold 386,600 vehicles, up from the 344,137 it sold in the same period a year ago.

Globally, sales growth was strong in China, where the number of vehicles it delivered rose nearly 98 per cent to 32,568.

In Europe, vehicle sales grew by 7.5 per cent to 181,900 from January to May, while Audi recorded a 4.4 per cent increase to 105,550 vehicles in its home market of Germany.

Shares of Audi fell 0.8 per cent to close at 306.50 euros (US$396.79) in Frankfurt trading.

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