BMW says there are signs of a slight recovery in global car markets after seeing its best monthly sales figures this year in June.
The German company, the world’s biggest premium car manufacturer, whose brands include Mini and Rolls-Royce, delivered 127,546 vehicles to customers last month.
That was 12.7 per cent fewer than in the same month last year – when the recession was just starting to bite – but the fall was “smaller” than the previous five months of 2009.
Group sales for the first half of the year totalled 615,454 units, a fall of 19.5 per cent.
BMW sales and marketing director Ian Robertson said: “There are first indications of a slight recovery on the automobile markets. It remains to be seen whether this will be sustained.
“In the first half of the year we were able to gain market share in the global premium segment, as we had planned. With a decrease of 18 per cent in the second quarter, we also performed better than in the first, where sales were down about 21 per cent.”
Sales of core BMW branded cars fell by 13.4 per cent to 105,220 in June. Mini reported a decrease of 8.9 per cent to 22,273 units while Rolls-Royce sold 53 of its “super luxury” cars, a fall of 53.5 per cent from the same month last year.
Mini sales in Germany, where a vehicle scrappage scheme boosted overall sales by 40 per cent in June, hit a record monthly high, while BMW hit new monthly peaks in China and Canada.
“New models like the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW X1 will give sales a further boost in the second half of the year,” added Mr Robertson, who was previously chairman of Rolls-Royce and is the only Briton on the main BMW board.