Lamborghini's profits plunged in the first six months of 2009, but in contrast to many car manufacturers it is still making money.
Lamborghini reported a first-half profit of £4.6 million, down from £29.8 million in the same period last year. Turnover was £137.7 million, down 43.3 per cent.
Those figures are the result of car sales that were down 37 per cent, at 825 cars, compared with 1309 in the first six months of 2008.
The markets showing the sharpest decline were the economies worst hit by the worldwide recession. Sales in the US were down 52 per cent, for instance, from 431 to 207 cars. Sales in Germany were down 52 per cent and in the UK they were down 46.6 per cent.
However, sales in some regions have held up: in Italy 122 cars were sold, in contrast to 130 in the same period last year.
In the Middle East, which is the fourth-largest market in the world for Lamborghini, 61 cars were sold (79 last year).
However, in China 29 cars were sold in the first six months of 2009, a growth of 32 per cent year on year.