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Tata Motors sales up 51% in April

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Mumbai, May 3

Tata Motors reported a 51 per cent increase in total vehicle sales during April 2006. The auto major sold 36,082 vehicles in the month against 23,889 units in the year-ago period.

The company sold 19,182 commercial vehicles in April, up 129 per cent from the 8,368 vehicles sold during the previous corresponding period.

"The growth in April 2006 is on a low base of April 2005, which was due to unanticipated difficulties in certification and procurement of some critical parts," the company said in a news release.

Medium and heavy commercial vehicles sales stood at 11,625 units, up 121 per cent. Light commercial vehicles (LCV) sales touched 7,557 units, a growth of 142.2 per cent.

The passenger vehicle business reported a total sale of 13,328 units in the domestic market, higher by 4.7 per cent.

The company sold 8,493 units of the Indica and 2,587 units of the Indigo.

Vehicle sales were affected during the month owing to labour strike at a key vendor facility.

Efforts are under way to ensure recovery, the company said.

Sumo and Safari accounted for sales of 2,248 units.

Exports during April 2006 grew by 28.3 per cent. Overseas sales stood at 3,572 vehicles in April 2006 compared to 2,785 vehicles in April 2005.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 4, 2006)
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