ROLLS-ROYCE SALES SURGE AHEAD

Rolls-Royce said its annual sales rocketed 171 per cent last year compared to the year before. The BMW-owned brand sold 2,711 cars over the last 12 months compared with 1,002 in 2009, due to strong demand in the Far East, the US and the Middle East. The carmaker said its latest model, The Ghost (above) with a starting price of £165,000, accounted for around three quarters of its sales.