BMW's Rolls-Royce said its 4,011 2016 sales, an increase of 6%, was its second best annual result to date.

It described 2016 as "a year of challenging market conditions for luxury goods worldwide".

CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: "This remarkable result emphatically affirms the global appeal of the very finest British luxury goods to the world's most discerning patrons. We are deeply committed to a long term, sustainable, successful growth strategy and this result, amidst a backdrop of global uncertainty, affirms this approach. Success for Rolls-Royce is success for Great Britain and we reaffirm our commitment to maintaining the home of Rolls-Royce in the UK."

The company recorded its highest-ever sales in key global markets including the Americas (up 12%), Europe (up 28%) and Asia Pacific (up 5%). A number of individual markets also exceeded previous records, notably Japan (up 51%), Germany (up 30%), the UK (up 26%), China (up 23%) and the USA (up 10%).

The only major region where conditions remained difficult was the Middle East where consumer demand for all luxury goods was dampened by economic and political uncertainty. It was still the third largest market in 2016 and the Dubai outlet was the highest selling dealership globally.

Rolls-Royce announced six new dealerships during 2016, bringing the global network to 136.

2016 was the final year of production for the seventh-generation Phantom, with a successor due in late 2018.