Mercedes-Benz: top-end, battery-electric sales hampered by supply bottlenecks – CFO

Bangkok International Motor ShowThe Mercedes-Benz logo is seen at the 43rd Bangkok International Motor Show, in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2022. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BERLIN, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Mercedes-Benz expects top end vehicle sales to rise in the single digits and said battery-electric vehicle production was hampered by production bottlenecks this year as it released third quarter results on Wednesday.

The carmaker had said in July it expected top end vehicle sales to grow by 10%.

It was no longer holding as many unfinished products as it was at the height of the semiconductor shortage, chief financial officer Harald Wilhelm said in an analyst call, but inventories were higher because finished products had not yet been delivered.

Pent-up demand in Europe and a high order backlog would carry the carmaker into next year, Wilhelm said, adding it would prioritise bringing down inventory in the fourth quarter.

(This story has been corrected to say "battery-electric sales", not "battery sales" in the headline)

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