FRANKFURT -- Porsche AG said Tuesday that it sold 37 percent fewer cars in North America in February than in the same month last year.
Porsche, which sells about half its cars in North America, said that it sold 1,186 cars in the United States and Canada last month, down from 1,882 a year earlier.
Overall U.S. car- and light-vehicle sales fell about 7 percent in February.
Sales of 911 models fell 39 percent to 683, while sales of the cheaper Boxster fell 35 percent to 503.
Porsche said on Monday that a possible war in Iraq could hit its sales but stuck to a prediction it would sell about 20 percent more cars this fiscal year.
The company also confirmed preliminary figures released in late January showing that its pretax profit had risen 19 percent to $201 million in the first half of its business year, with sales rising almost 20 percent to $2.3 billion.
It said net profit rose 14 percent to 102 million euros.