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Russian car sales up 10 pct in Sept - AEB

MOSCOW, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Sales of new cars in Russia grew10 percent year-on-year in September, the Association ofEuropean Businesses (AEB) said on Monday, after a rise of 15percent the previous month.

AEB said 259,582 units were sold in September and a total of2.19 million in the first nine months of 2012 - up 14 percentyear-on-year.

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

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

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

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