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Mercedes June sales up 0.9 pct, down in W. Europe

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July 4, 2012 05:48 AM EST | AP


FRANKFURT, Germany — Daimler AG's Mercedes brand says it's facing more difficult market conditions in Europe, even in its home market of Germany.

Unit sales of Daimler's luxury brand rose 0.9 percent to 121,542 vehicles worldwide compared to the same month a year ago, helped by strong increases in China, Russia and the United States.

But sales fell 4.3 percent in Western Europe and by 2.9 percent in Germany.

For the first six months, sales rose 6.9 percent at 652,924, and Daimler says it is on track for record sales for the year.

Mercedes marketing chief Joachim Schmidt on Wednesday cited "difficult market conditions in Southern Europe" but pointed to stronger sales in the U.S. The company sold 7.6 percent more there in June and 15.9 percent more in the first six months.