Dacia posted a 2.5 pc sales increase in the first half of the year, to 181,280 automobiles, thus limiting the decline of French group Renault, which ran into serious trouble throughout Europe, but partly recovered the decline on emerging markets like Russia and Brazil, Mediafax reports. In the second quarter, the global sales of Renault advanced by 1.2 pc, the group announces. The sales of Dacia automobiles soared by 3.5 pc in the first half of the year, against the same interval of 2011, to 171,957 units, while the sales of light commercial vehicles dropped by 12.6 pc, to 9,323 units, according to data released by Renault. At global scale, the French carmaker sold 1.328 million vehicles between January and June 2012, down 3.3 pc against H1 2011, but the decline was limited by the evolutions on markets outside Europe, where the turnover advanced by 14.3 pc in volume, to more than 620,000 units. “On non-European markets we had record sales with the Renault brand in the first half of the year. This success emphasises the international development strategy of the company. The sales offensive did not completely compensate the decline in Europe, where we focused on protecting the margins, in very difficult market conditions,” explains Jerome Stoll, executive vice-president of Renault in charge with sales and marketing.