Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar worldwide

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: A Rolls Royce Phantom lll used in the film Goldfinger is parked outside the Treasury on it's way to the London Film Museum ahead of the Bond in Motion exhibition, opening 21st March at the London Film Museum on March 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for London Film Museum)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: A Rolls Royce Phantom lll used in the film Goldfinger is parked outside the Treasury on it's way to the London Film Museum ahead of the Bond in Motion exhibition, opening 21st March at the London Film Museum on March 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for London Film Museum)
Models pose besides the Rolls-Royce Canton Glory at the company's booth during Guangzhou 2013 Auto Show in China's southern city of Guangzhou,Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A Chinese woman looks at the Rolls-Royce Phantom at the company's booth during Guangzhou 2013 Auto Show in China's southern city of Guangzhou, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Rolls-Royce Asia-Pacific regional manager Paul Harris, second from left, poses with HGB Group Co. Ltd. managing director Ray Long, second from right, during Rolls-Royce's official dealership inauguration in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, June 9, 2014. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced Monday that it has joined with the Cambodian business partner HGB to open a showroom in the Cambodian capital next month. Others are Herfried Hasenoehrl, left, Rolls-Royce's general manager for emerging markets and Asia, and HGB Group's Gnorn Chanthan. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
A cleaner folds a cloth wipe near a Rolls-Royce Wraith displayed at the China Auto show in Beijing, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Luxury automakers, like their mass-market counterparts, are looking to China to drive future growth and are investing heavily to gain or expand a foothold in its market. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: British Normandy Veterans Raymond Shuck look at a Rolls Royce car that was used by Field Marshal Montgomery during WW2 outside Southwick House, which in June 1944 was the headquarters of Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, on June 2, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Photographers looks for new angles while photographing a Rolls Royce Waterspeed Phantom Drophead Coupe, on display at the Bluebird Cafe on May 13, 2014 in London, England. Only 35 of the bespoke Rolls Royce cars will be made in celebration of Sir Malcolm Campbell's Water Speed Record. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: An actor poses besides a Rolls Royce Waterspeed Phantom Drophead Coupe at the Bluebird Cafe on May 13, 2014 in London, England. Only 35 of the bespoke Rolls Royce cars will be made in celebration of Sir Malcolm Campbell's Water Speed Record. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 19: King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain leave in a open top Rolls-Royce car the Congress of Deputies during the King's official coronation ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The coronation of King Felipe VI is held in Madrid. His father, the former King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated on June 2nd after a 39 year reign. The new King is joined by his wife Queen Letizia of Spain. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH: CHINA-AUTO-INDUSTRY-LUXURY BY JULIEN GIRAULT Torsten Mller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, delivers a speech on the launch ceremony of their new Pinnacle Travel Phantom in Beijing on April 18, 2014, ahead of the 'Auto China 2014' Beijing Automotive Exhibition. Boosted by the continuous growth in the number of millionaires in the country, the sales of luxury cars continues to soar in China. Despite the increasing obstacles such as a vast anti-corruption campaign and the authorities' efforts to advocate austerity, the industry leaders, such as Rolls Royce, are developing their new models to win in this highly competitive market. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH: CHINA-AUTO-INDUSTRY-LUXURY BY JULIEN GIRAULT The Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom car is on display at the launch ceremony of their new Pinnacle Travel Phantom in Beijing on April 18, 2014, ahead of the 'Auto China 2014' Beijing Automotive Exhibition. Boosted by the continuous growth in the number of millionaires in the country, the sales of luxury cars continues to soar in China. Despite the increasing obstacles such as a vast anti-corruption campaign and the authorities' efforts to advocate austerity, the industry leaders, such as Rolls Royce, are developing their new models to win in this highly competitive market. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - Sales of luxury Rolls-Royce cars, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, soared all around the world during the first half of the year, even in Europe which is recovering slowly from recession.

The Britain-based manufacturer said Tuesday that global sales were up 33 percent compared with the same period in 2013.

Growth was strongest in Europe, up over 60 percent. That increase came in spite of fairly muted economic growth across many parts of the continent, where a number of countries remain burdened by high levels of government and household debt.

Across the Asia Pacific region, sales spiked by almost 40 percent. Middle East sales were also strong, up 30 percent, while the United States and China also saw double-digit sales growth.

The company said it sold 1,968 cars in the first half of this year, compared to 1,475 in the same period last year. In the whole of 2013, it sold a total of 3,630.

Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce's parent company, Germany's BMW, said it saw vehicles sales rise across the group by almost seven percent during the period.

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