Asia, US boost BMW sales; Europe sales down

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW AG saw sales rise 6.4 percent in May from a year ago, as big increases in Asia and better numbers in United States overcame a dip in struggling Europe.

The Munich-based auto maker sold 156,957 cars in the month compared to 147,565 in May, 2011.

Sales in Asia rose 25.7 percent, and 31.5 percent in China alone. Sales in the key U.S. market rose 7.1 percent.

Meanwhile the numbers in Europe, where BMW sells just under half its cars, fell 1.7 percent. The continent is struggling with a debt crisis and a slow economy.

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