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2013-05-04 09:03

SALES DROP: Volvo might make some of the most attractive cars in the world but even that couldn't beat the Eurocrisis and falling Chinese sales. Image: Volvo

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Volvo Car has reported a $74-million loss for 2012 and blamed weaker sales in many European markets and China.

The group said it sold 421 951 cars during the year, six percent fewer than in 2011.

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group took ownership of the Swedish automaker in 2010 from Ford and reported a roughly half-billion dollar net profit for 2011.

CHINA SALES DOWN

A one-time gain of about $80-million from the sale of platform technology to Geely helped improve the 2012 results.

In China, Volvo Cars reported a sales decrease in 2012 of almost 11% to 42 000 cars. The eurozone crisis weighed on sales in Europe - down 10% - but sales increased slightly in the US to about 68 000 cars. Russian and Japanese sales also improved.

The group predicted markets would grow through 2013 in the US and China while Europe would remain affected by economic uncertainty.
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