In the first half of 2009, the Volkswagen Group extends its global competitive position and strengthens its financial base. In the first six months of the year, Europe's largest vehicle manufacturer delivered 3.1 million vehicles worldwide. Its share of the global passenger car market rose to 12.0%). Sales revenue declined by 9.4% to €51.2 billion (€56.5 billion) in the first six months due to volume-related factors. The Group generated profit after tax of €494 million (€2.6 billion). The Volkswagen passenger cars brand recorded a lower operating profit of €216 million for the period January to June.