STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- Volvo’s global car sales rose 3.2 percent to 30,195 in August as strong growth in the U.S. helped offset a continued slide in China.
Concerns over slowing growth and share price turmoil have clouded the outlook for China in recent months and hit car sales.
Volvo's China sales were down 10 percent in August, the second straight month of double-digit declines in the world's biggest car market.
"The decline in China reflects the general slowdown in the Chinese economy which has affected the overall car market," Volvo said in a statement.
The main growth engines for Volvo in August were sales in the U.S., up 18 percent, and in Sweden, up 19 percent. Sales in Western Europe rose 1.9 percent.
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said last month that the carmaker still expected to reach sales of close to 500,000 cars this year with European demand and improvements in the U.S. compensating for slower growth in China.
The automaker said U.S. growth had been mainly driven by its new flagship XC90 model as well as the XC60, the best-selling Volvo model.
Volvo’s eight-month global sales rose 2 percent to 294,709.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report