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Mercedes sales jump 13 percent

The popular German automaker said it sold 170,625 vehicles in May, more than it moved one month ago. With the rise, Mercedes has kept up a momentum that has been building since the beginning of the year.

Mercedes said on Monday that it had sold 12.9 percent more vehicles in May than in April,

further growing sales volumes

that have been doing well since the start of 2016.

The rise was due to strong demand for SUVs and a revamped luxury model known as the E-Class. Sales did best

in China,

the largest market for Mercedes' parent company, Daimler. There, sales have increased by more than a third within five months, the company said.

But Mercedes was also able to move more vehicles due to high demand in Great Britain, Italy and Spain, where sales increased by around 14 percent.

Since the beginning of the year, Mercedes has sold close to 818,000 new cars, according to the company, representing a jump of 12.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

cjc/kd (Reuters, dpa)

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