BERLIN (Bloomberg) -- BMW AG, the world's largest luxury carmaker, said sales rose 9.1 percent in July, spurred by demand from China, the United States and the UK.
Deliveries increased to 119,982 cars and SUVs last month, extending the year-to-date gain to 12.5 percent or 816,014 units, the Munich-based manufacturer said Monday in a statement.
“We are reaping the benefits not only of the global economic recovery but also of customers' positive response to our vehicles,” BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said, predicting sales growth “to remain strong” in coming months.
BMW, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen AG's Audi luxury division have all boosted sales this year on surging demand in China, the world's biggest auto market, and a rebound in the United States and Europe. BMW raised its 2010 sales target on July 13, forecasting a 10 percent gain to more than 1.4 million units.
Sales in China surged 82 percent to 13,852 cars while U.S. deliveries increased 10 percent to 23,390 vehicles. In Europe, the UK posted the strongest growth with 26 percent or 11,748 unit sales, according to the statement.
Audi reported a 7.7 percent increase in July sales last week, citing record deliveries in China and the United States.