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Russian car sales up 10 pct in Sept - AEB

MOSCOW, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Sales of new cars in Russia grew 10 percent year-on-year in September, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) said on Monday, after a rise of 15 percent the previous month.

AEB said 259,582 units were sold in September and a total of 2.19 million in the first nine months of 2012 - up 14 percent year-on-year.

The AEB expects that 2.8 million cars would be sold in Russia during 2012, around 7.5 percent up on the previous year.

Western carmakers including General Motors , Ford , Renault and Fiat are investing heavily in Russia to take advantage of a market that is expected to overtake Germany as Europe's biggest some time this decade.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Megan Davies)

((maria.kiselyova@thomsonreuters.com)(+7 495 775 1242)(Reuters Messaging: maria.kiselyova.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: RUSSIA AUTOS/