Daimler's Mercedes to boost 2013 car sales more than 4 pct -CFO

BERLIN, April 24 Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:53am EDT

BERLIN, April 24 (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler said it aims to increase deliveries of its Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles by more than 4 percent this year, beating global passenger car growth which the automaker sees at 2-4 percent.

Second-quarter results at Daimler should be better than numbers achieved during the first three months, finance chief Bodo Uebber said on Wednesday during a conference call.

First-quarter earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) from ongoing businesses more than halved to 917 million euros ($1.2 billion).

Cost-cutting programmes had "relatively little" effect on first-quarter results, the CFO added.

($1 = 0.7683 euros) (Reporting by Andreas Cremer)

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