VW brand sales rise as Europe, China demand offsets Americas drop

BERLIN Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:31am EDT

A man polishes the Volkswagen logo on a vehicle at an exhibition which is part of the annual shareholders meeting of Volkswagen AG in Hamburg April 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

A man polishes the Volkswagen logo on a vehicle at an exhibition which is part of the annual shareholders meeting of Volkswagen AG in Hamburg April 23, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Morris Mac Matzen

BERLIN (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) increased sales at its core passenger-car brand by 4 percent in July as higher deliveries in Europe and China offset declines in the Americas.

Sales of VW brand-badged cars and sport-utility vehicles rose to 491,600 last month, compared with 472,800 a year ago, Wolfsburg-based VW said on Tuesday. Seven-month sales were up 3.8 percent to 3.56 million vehicles.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Maria Sheahan)