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US and China help Porsche accelerate to record sales

Times may be tough for the economies of the world, but the global pinch has yet to reach the Porsche-driving classes.

The luxury car giant yesterday revealed it had already sold a record number of cars this year. It shifted 128,978 vehicles worldwide in the 11 months to November, beating the 118,868 sold in the whole of last year.

Porsche has seen surging demand, with sales last month alone up 39 per cent on the previous year, and the luxury sector showing no sign of the malaise hampering the lower end of the car market. The boom has been driven by China and the US, where Porsche managed sales growth of 63.4 per cent and 71.4 per cent respectively.