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Kia Motors' sales jump 5.9 pct in May

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SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second-biggest automaker, said Monday that its sales jumped 5.9 percent in May from a year earlier due to brisk sales abroad.

Kia sold 253,701 vehicles in May, compared with 239,577 units in 2012, the company said in a statement.

Its overseas sales increased 7.7 percent on-year to 214,201 vehicles in May. That helped offset a 3.1 percent drop in domestic sales. Kia sold 39,500 vehicles in South Korea in May.

For the first five months, Kia sold 1,208,566 units, up 3.8 percent from a year ago, according to Kia.

Kia has set a sales target of 2.75 million cars for this year, compared with 2.72 million units sold in 2012.

Kia and its larger sister company Hyundai Motor Co. together form the world's fifth-largest automaker.

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