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According to Germany's Automobilwoche magazine, BMW is beating Mercedes Group in global sales this year, Leftlane News reports. BMW says it's on track to sell 1.3 million cars in 2005, compared to Merc's 1.2 million. Nonetheless, profit for the Burghers of Bavaria is down 12.5 percent for the first 10 months of this year, while the Sultans of Stuttgart reported a 43 percent increase in operating profits for the third quarter β€” making the race for Teutonic dominance a complex game of balance sheet trickery. Still, Audi says it could hit 1 million cars sold yearly by 2007, making the perennial also-ran a third-party spoiler.

BMW to surpass 2005 Mercedes Group sales [Left Lane News]

Mercedes-Benz Profits Up [internal]