UPDATE 1-BMW car sales gain in July on China, Russia demand
* BMW brand sales rise to record 113,253 autos in July
* Seven-month deliveries up 7.7 pct to 860,327
* BMW will continue to post "solid gains" in H2-sales chief (Adds detail, executive quote and Mercedes sales)
BERLIN, Aug 7 (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW posted a 4.2 percent increase in luxury auto sales in July on strong demand from China and Russia, contrasting rival Mercedes-Benz, which suffered the first drop in volumes last month.
Munich-based BMW, the world's biggest luxury carmaker, said on Tuesday that brand sales rose to a record 113,253 vehicles, driven by demand for models such as the 1-Series hatchback and the X3 compact SUV. Seven-month deliveries gained 7.7 percent to 860,327.
"We're confident that we will continue to make solid gains throughout the second half of the year," said BMW sales chief Ian Robertson, noting the new X1 compact SUV and the revamped 7-Series sedan may add momentum to sales.
Daimler's Mercedes, the smallest of Germany's three dominant luxury brands that also include Audi, said on Aug. 3 that its premium auto sales fell 3.1 percent in July to 97.327 vehicles. Audi is due to report auto sales on Thursday. (Reporting By Andreas Cremer)
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