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Sales of luxury goods up after recession

Sales of luxury goods up after recession

Baltimore residential real estate broker Bonnie Fleck is no stranger to luxury.

"I think it might be because my very first car was an Audi," Fleck said when asked why she chooses luxury cars instead of more utilitarian models. She also wants to give clients a comfortable ride as they drive from home to home, so she leases a new high-end car every few years.

On Thursday, she picked up a black sedan at Lexus of Towson, which sold 208 vehicles last month — 60 more than May 2011, said Mike Meagher, the dealership's general manager. It was the outlet's best May ever, he said.

The dealership's success is not isolated, financial analysts say. Nationwide, department...