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BERLIN (AP) Daimler AG says surging demand in China along with a stronger performance in Europe helped propel its luxury Mercedes-Benz brand to record monthly sales figures in March.

Daimler said Friday that it sold 158,523 Mercedes cars last month a 13.3-percent increase from a year earlier. Deliveries in China were up 34 percent at 24,937 while Japanese sales surged 39.5 percent to 8,690.

Mercedes sold 7.6 percent more cars in Europe, delivering 76,587 vehicles helped by a 19.8-percent rise in British sales. U.S. sales climbed 11.2 percent to 27,401.

In the first quarter, Mercedes sold 374,276 cars worldwide an increase of 15.2 percent.