Turkish automotive sales rose 12.5% in the first seven months of the year to 453,339 units, in another sign of recovery after a difficult year in 2012, the Automotive Distributors' Association (ODD) said.

Sales in July alone rose 14.91% to 71,596 units, the ODD said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Turkey's automotive sector was hit by a shrinking export market in Europe and weaker domestic demand in 2012.