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European van sales fall

SALES of commercial vehicles across Europe have fallen, latest figures show.

New light vehicle registrations decreased by 2.8% in the third quarter of 2002 when compared to the same quarter in 2001.

For the period January to September 2002, total new registrations amounted to 1,327,053 units, a decrease of 3.8% compared to the same period last year, the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) figures show.

Belgium noted the biggest fall in sales for the year to September, dropping –19.7% to 39,172 units from 48,807 units.

Italy noted the biggest increase, with delivery figures provided to ACEA up more than 14% to 174,404 from 152,169.

European CV sales
Country Jan-Sept 02 Jan-Sept 01 Variance
Austria 16,502 18,482 -10.7%
Belgium 39,172 48,807 -19.7%
Denmark 23,446 22,375 4.8%
Finland 11,076 10,706 3.5%
France 302,229 320,282 -5.6%
Germany 135,945 145,109 -6.3%
Greece 14,136 15,370 -8.0%
Ireland 30,132 34,248 -12.0%
Italy* 174,404 152,169 14.8%
Luxembourg 3,112 2,980 4.4%
Netherlands 65,178 67,443 -3.4%
Portugal 59,172 67,527 -12.4%
Spain 196,780 213,254 -7.7%
Sweden 20,092 20,733 -3.1%
United Kingdom 201,609 193,719 4.1%
European Union 1,292,985 1,333,204 -3.0%
*Delivery figures from ANFIA

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