UPDATE 1-VW brand sales drop 8.6 pct in June as demand weakens in China, Latam

viernes 17 de julio de 2015 13:48 GYT

* VW brand sales down 6.7 pct in China in H1

* Growth in Europe, North America fails to compensate

* VW group sales down 4.3 pct in June (Adds more detail on brand sales, comment from VW exec, background)

BERLIN, July 17 (Reuters) - Sales at Volkswagen's core division fell for an eighth time in nine months in June, as slowing momentum in China and slumping demand in Latin America outweighed gains in Europe.

Deliveries at VW's namesake brand, which accounts for 60 percent of group sales, dropped 8.6 percent year-on-year to 470,700 vehicles, taking the six-month decline to 3.9 percent, Wolfsburg-based VW said on Friday.

Except for February, when brand sales held steady at 413,700 cars, deliveries at VW's biggest auto division by sales and revenue have slid in every month since last October.

Over the first half of the year, a rise of 3.1 percent in Europe and 3.2 percent in North America failed to offset a 6.7 fall in the key Chinese market, where VW last year sold more than a third of its group-wide record 10.1 million vehicles.

"The Chinese market is changing," sales chief Christian Klingler said in a statement published by VW after German stock markets had closed for the week. "As the market leader we cannot escape the development of the market."