PARIS — Fueled by dynamic growth in key markets such as China and the U.S., Swiss watch sales in April climbed 32.1 percent versus a year ago, to 1.6 billion Swiss francs, or $1.83 billion, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said.

The results were well ahead of the excellent performance recorded in 2008, the federation said.
Dollar figures are converted at average exchange rates for the period.

Singapore saw sales vault 60.8 percent, while sales in China increased by 44.4 percent, despite an exceptionally strong April in 2010. Hong Kong posted a 53.9 percent sales uptick during the month. Sales in the U.S. rose 48.6 percent.

Switzerland exported 2.2 million wristwatches in April, with a 21.8 percent increase in unit terms. Sales of steel and gold wristwatches rose 35.2 percent and 36 percent respectively.

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