published Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Business Briefs: Volkswagen global sales up in quarter

Volkswagen global sales up in quarter

Volkswagen Group sales rose 5.8 percent in the first quarter despite a decline in North American vehicle sales.

VW said Friday that first- quarter sales jumped to 2.4 million globally on the strength of Asia and modest growth in Western Europe. But the German automaker said sales were down 4.1 percent in the quarter in North America to 197,300. Sales were even worse in the U.S., falling to 133,500, or down 6.5 percent.

"All in all, we are very satisfied with the way deliveries developed in the first three months," said group board member for sales Christian Klingler.

Airport talk questioned

Some Paulding County residents claim that public officials violated Georgia's open meetings law in discussing plans to create what would be another commercial airport for metro Atlanta.

In a lawsuit, the group trying to stop plans to commercialize flights at Silver Comet Field maintains that the Paulding County Airport Authority violated the open meetings act by improperly holding closed sessions. They also say the authority failed to give adequate public notice of a two-day retreat, where it discussed plans to commercialize the airport.

Airport Director Blake Swafford said the authority board has made changes in the way it operates and will consider other changes if they're needed.

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