Mercedes posts 11.2 percent sales gain in December, hits 2013 record

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Mercedes-Benz said it increased sales by 11.2 percent in December to 139,180 luxury cars, the automaker's best-ever result for that month, citing growth in all major markets.

Full-year deliveries for 2013 were up 10.7 percent at a record 1.46 million autos, Stuttgart-based Daimler's premium-car division reported on Friday.

Mercedes said it expects further momentum to sales this year from new models including the new C-Class and the GLA compact sport-utility vehicle, both hitting showrooms this spring.

Mercedes outsold German rival Audi for the month, but stayed behind the Volkswagen-owned luxury division in annual terms as Audi delivered 1.57 million cars last year.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Christoph Steitz)

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