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VW has small gain in October group auto sales: source

The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in Hamburg, October 28, 2013. Volkswagen is due to present company results
The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in Hamburg, October 28, 2013. Volkswagen is due to present company results

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Volkswagen posted a small increase in group auto sales in October, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, keeping Europe's largest carmaker on course for record deliveries this year.

The multi-brand VW group started off well into the fourth quarter, the person said, declining to be identified because official sales data won't be released until mid-November.

Volkswagen declined comment.

VW, which posted a 20-percent gain in third-quarter operating profit on record sales of premium brands Audi and Porsche, recorded a 7 percent rise in September sales to 856,900 vehicles, excluding the MAN and Scania truck divisions.

The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer has a goal of boosting global group deliveries to about 9.5 million this year from 9.3 million in 2012. Nine-month group sales including MAN and Scania trucks were up 4.8 percent at 7.18 million units.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Alexander Ratz)

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