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Geely H1 net profit up 9% on overseas sales

Updated: 2012-08-23 09:35
( Xinhua)

GUANGZHOU - Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd said Wednesday that its net profit in the first half of the year rose 9 percent year-on-year, largely due to robust overseas sales.

The company's net earnings climbed to 1.02 billion yuan ($160 million), the privately-owned automaker said in a statement.

Meanwhile, its revenues in the first six months of the year rose 6 percent year-on-year to 11.2 billion yuan.

During the period, the company sold 222,390 vehicles, marking a 4 percent rise from a year earlier and meeting 48 percent of the sales target for all of 2012, according to the statement.

Of the total, domestic sales slid 9 percent year-on-year to 182,329 units, as local brands are losing consumers' favor nationwide. Sales of local brands in the first half fell 7 percent year-on-year against an annual sales growth of 6 percent for the entire sedan sector.

Meanwhile, the carmaker's overseas sales tripled to 40,061 units, mainly due to a strong sales recovery in its major overseas markets such as Eastern Europe and the Middle East, it said.

Shares of Geely Automobile retreated 5.88 percent to close at HK$2.56 (33 cents) in Hong Kong following the interim results report.