Group expects a profit this year with the launch of the X1 and 5-series GT
8 October 2009

BMW expects to finish 2009 in profit after posting its first year-on-year volume gain in September.

The firm’s group sales last month were up 0.7 per cent on last year’s levels to 122,354 vehicles. This was helped by a 9.5 per cent growth in Mini sales, while BMW sales were down 1.2 per cent.

Group sales chief Ian Robertson said in a statement: “There is a good chance that we will end this year with a moderate decrease in sales of only 10 to 15 per cent from 2008 levels, despite difficult economic conditions overall.”

Robertson said barring any major economic setbacks, the upwards sales trend will continue for the rest of the year due to the launch of new models.

“Provided there are no economic setbacks, we should continue to make gains throughout the remaining months of the year -- not least thanks to the new BMW models X1 and 5 series Gran Turismo, which will join our model range in late October,” he said.

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