Chrysler Group announced that its sales surged 10.2% in non-U.S markets during the second quarter. The increase in sales reflects the company's plans to double its growth in global markets in the next five years. Chrysler, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, sold 159,993 vehicles outside the U.S. in the quarter lasting from April to June 2007. Sales rose 3.3% during the quarter to 735,837 vehicles worldwide. Unit sales in the U.S. totaled 575, 844, showing a 1.5% increase.
BMW's sales surge powered by new SUV and MINI
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world's largest maker of luxury cars, registered an increase in sales of 15%, largely as a result of its new versions of the X5 SUV and the MINI. The increase in sales created a new record last month, as the number of deliveries rose to 150,285 cars and SUVs, compared with 130,542 during the same period last year. Following the launch of the X5 and MINI at the end of last year, the Munich-based company expects sales to reach a record of at least 1.4 million vehicles this year.
Brainware, Inc., appoints new Eastern U.S. sales manager
Brainware Inc., has appointed Mark Evans as its new Eastern U.S. regional sales manager. Evans will join Brainware with more than 30 years of experience in IT and software solutions. In his 20-year stint with IBM, he held various direct sales and sales advisory positions, and he has closed multimillion-dollar deals in the healthcare, banking, and government sectors. In his new position, Evans will be responsible for direct and channel/partner sales in the Eastern U.S. Brainware, Inc., headquartered in Ashburn, VA, provides large corporations and government agencies with fast, template-free access to critical information in various types of documents, including invoices, loan applications, and purchase orders.
CD sales drop following growth in digital music sales
So far this year, sales of digital music albums have increased by 60% in the U.S., while sales of compact discs have seen a rapid decline. This was revealed in a study done by Nielsen SoundScan. Additionally, total sales of both digital and CD albums slumped by 15%. Digital album sales reached 23.5 million units, while the number of CD sales fell by 19.3% to 205.7 million units. Apple's iTunes Store currently dominates the digital music sales market, controlling 70% of market share.
Hot Web hires corporate sales manager
Hot Web, Inc., has announced the appointment of 26-year industry veteran Steven Snyder as the corporate sales manager for the company's national headquarters in Boise, ID. Snyder joins Hot Web after working for Idaho Auto Auction as arbitration director. He has also served in industrial roles; he spent 14 years as a master auto and truck technician and also worked for various auto dealer service departments in management roles. Snyder will be responsible for Hot Web's national sales operations. Hot Web, Inc., consigns "big ticket" transportation-related products through its online and offline services.