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Mercedes-Benz reported global sales in October up 6%, but a slow month for China sales.

In October, Mercedes sold 109,632 vehicles globally, an increase of 6% compared to the same period last month and 5.1% to 1.07 million cars in the first ten months of this year. Although reporting a sales increase, Mercedes still struggles to reach BMW and Audi, which are growing much faster in the world’s largest auto market.

“We expect a new all-time best for sales in the full year,” said Mercedes sales chief Joachim Schmidt in a statement on Tuesday.

Mercedes’ sales in China dropped 3.9% to 15,895 vehicles, while sales for the first ten months of the month increased 5.5% to 160,425 units. The automaker introduced the redesigned B-class compact in China in August and it will launch the new sportier A-class compact hatchback sometime in the middle of 2013.

“With the full availability of the high volume B class that was only recently introduced in China, the company expects an added growth impetus in the coming months,” Daimler said.

In the US sales increased 5.9% to 23,978 units, and 11.9% to 215,596 units during the first ten months of the year. Currently Mercedes is the leader in premium sales, with a slight lead over BMW. In western Europe sales increased 5.1% to 45,813 units and less than 1% to 460,275 units during the first ten months of the year.