Mercedes-Benz thrid-quarter margins rebound on China boost By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Mercedes-Benz logo is seen near the Daimler headquarters, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Stuttgart

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Strong demand for luxury cars in China in the third quarter helped turn around margins at Daimler ‘s (DE:) Mercedes-Benz cars division despite an overall fall in deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the carmaker said on Friday.

The adjusted return on sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans rose to 9.4% in the quarter, up from 7% a year earlier and above the minus 1.5% margin Daimler posted in the second quarter.

Daimler said its adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose to 3.479 billion euros ($4.11 billion) in the quarter, up from 3.14 billion euros in the year-earlier period.

The carmaker added it expected full-year EBIT to reach prior-year levels, and reiterated it expects group unit sales and revenue in 2020 to be significantly lower than the prior year.

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