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Rolls-Royce announces fourth year of record sales

Luxury car giant Rolls-Royce is to create 100 new jobs after reporting the fourth consecutive year of record sales.

More than 3,630 cars were delivered to customers in 2013, the highest in the marque's history, with sales growth reported across several regions worldwide.

Rolls-Royce has announced its fourth consecutive year of record sales. Credit: Press Association

The biggest increases were in the Middle East (up 17%) and China (11%), but strong sales were also achieved in Germany, Japan and Canada.

The new jobs will be created at the firm's UK centre in Goodwood, Sussex, mainly in manufacturing roles.

The company said 2013 was another record year for requests to personalise models, ranging from the inclusion of jewellery boxes and fridges to a family crest.

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'Exceptional prospects' for Rolls-Royce amid investigation

I want to make it crystal clear that neither I nor the Board will tolerate improper business conduct of any sort and will take all necessary action to ensure compliance. This is a company with exceptional prospects and I will not accept any behaviour that undermines its future success.

– Rolls-Royce Chief Executive John Rishton

Roll-Royce malpractice allegations in Indonesia and China

The investigation followed a request for information from the Serious Fraud Office about malpractice allegations in Indonesia and China.

Investigations by Rolls-Royce have identified matters of concern in these and in other overseas markets. The consequence of these disclosures will be decided by the regulatory authorities. It is too early to predict the outcomes, but these could include the prosecution of individuals and of the company. We will co-operate fully.

– ROLLS-ROYCE STATEMENT

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