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Sales rally despite gloomy forecast

NEW car sales in Western Europe rallied towards the end of last year to beat gloomy predictions of a collapse in demand.

The year ended with total sales of 14,390,163 million units – a drop of 2.9% compared to 2001. However, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), which produced the figures, said this was better than most forecasters' predictions.

Five countries announced sales increases: Denmark (+15.3%), Finland (+7%), the United Kingdom (+4.3%), Sweden (+3.2%) and Luxembourg (+1.4%).

Sales fell in all other countries, ranging from a -2.6% drop in Germany to -11.4% in Portugal.

European sales figures 2002
Country Jan-Dec 02 Jan-Dec 01 Variance
Austria 278,908 293,528 -5.0%
Belgium 467,569 488,683 -4.3%
France 2,145,073 2,254,732 -4.9%
Germany 3,253,732 3,3341,718 -2.6%
Greece 268,489 280,214 -4.2%
Ireland 156,115 164,730 -5.2%
Italy 2,270,900 2,413,455 -5.9%
Netherlands 510,744 530,231 -3.7%
Spain 1,331,878 1,425,573 -6.6%
Sweden 254,589 246,581 +3.2%
United Kingdom 2,563,631 2,458,769 +4.3%
European Union 13,998,764 14,401,877 -2.8%

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