German car giant posts 22% rise in H1 MidEast sales

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BMW Group Middle East has announced that sales rose by 22 percent during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

The regional unit of the German car maker said it delivered a record 12,657 vehicles to customers across 13 Middle East markets.

The UAE remained the highest volume selling market in the Middle East, accounting for 49 percent of BMW and MINI regional sales in the first half of the year, followed by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

Markets which showed strong individual sales increases included Kuwait which grew 47 percent, Bahrain 44 percent, Qatar 27 percent, Dubai 23 percent and Jordan 20 percent, the company said in a statement.

"BMW Group Middle East is on track for yet another successful record year after confirming record breaking sales figures during the first six months of the year," said Dr Joerg Breuer, Managing Director, BMW Group Middle East.

"Together with our importer partners we have continued to invest in several areas of our business to elevate the customer's brand experience even further," he added.

Top end models continued to drive growth for BMW in the region, the statement said.

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