Kia Motors' sales rise 2 pct in June

SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second-biggest automaker, said Monday that its sales rose 2 percent in June from a year earlier on the back of brisk overseas sales.

Kia sold 236,992 units in June, compared with 232,281 units the previous year, the company said in a regulatory filing.

Its overseas sales rose 4.8 percent on-year to 199,292 units in June, offsetting a 10.5 percent on-year drop in domestic sales. Kia sold 37,700 vehicles last month in the domestic market.

In the first half, Kia sold 1.45 million cars, up 3.5 percent from a year earlier, it added.

The company said its sluggish domestic sales mainly came as unionist workers at the company's several factories boycotted weekend shifts from March until mid-June.

Kia Motors posted brisk overseas sales weathering the Japanese currency's slide against the Korean won. Korean automakers are vying with Japanese rivals in overseas markets.

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