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9 January 2014, 06:41
100 jobs are being created by Rolls-Royce at its factory near Chichester.
They'll mostly be in manufacturing, at the site at Goodwood in West Sussex.
In a statement, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said:
"Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today revealed record sales results for 2013. 3,630 cars were sold globally during the year, which represents the company's fourth consecutive record. The result is announced in the 110th year of the marque.
"Strong sales growth was reported in many regions, with notable results seen in the Middle East (up 17%) and China (up 11%). Several countries recorded strong sales performances, including Germany, Japan and Canada. China and the United States remained the most significant individual markets for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Rolls-Royce sold motor cars in more than 40 countries worldwide, expanding into new markets such as Istanbul, Beirut, Lagos, Hanoi, Taichung and Manila.
"As part of the company's focus on long-term sustainable growth, there was significant dealer development during the year. 15 new dealerships opened across the world, taking the total to 120 for the first time in the company's history. Further dealership expansion is planned for 2014.
"The Company also announced a 2014 recruitment programme for 100 new permanent jobs based at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, primarily in the manufacturing areas. This is in addition to 100 new jobs announced in July 2013. More than 1300 people are now employed by Rolls-Royce worldwide."
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said:
"My aim at the beginning of last year was sustained growth and another sales record. I am delighted to announce our sales for 2013 and to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the marque with an historic record result.
"We have reported a strong year and have maintained our position at the pinnacle of the super-luxury market. Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success story, with a dedicated workforce that is second to none."
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"Rolls-Royce's impressive sales record and the new jobs they have created shows the strength of this iconic brand and reflects the rising success of the British car industry. Last year, car exports generated over £30 billion for our economy - a rise of around 7%.
"The Government's industrial strategy is giving businesses like Rolls-Royce the confidence to invest - delivering skilled jobs and driving growth."