Sales of BMW-branded vehicles have fallen
BMW sales fell 4.3% in 2008 to 1.4 million, as falling demand for BMW-branded vehicles offset improved sales of its Mini and Rolls-Royce brands.
BMW said December was "marked by consumer reticence", with group sales falling by 26.4%, compared with the same month of 2007 of 112,423 vehicles.
Sales of the Rolls-Royce marque rose to 1,212 in 2008 from 1,010 in 2007.
The Mini brand also had a year of growth, with 2008 sales of 232,425, up 4.3% from the previous year.
"Overall we performed comparatively well with a 4.3% decrease," said marketing director Ian Robertson at BMW.
On Thursday, its rival Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz cars, reported a fall of sales of 2.8% in 2008 to 1.26 million.
The French carmaker Renault said on Friday that its sales had fallen 4.2% in 2008 but added that sales for the whole industry had been down by 4.8%.
US carmakers and manufacturers that make a high proportion of their sales in the US have been hit particularly hard by the downturn.