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Outlook uncertain as new car sales figures drop

LATEST new car sales figures for Europe have dropped slightly, suggesting the market has become flat. Figures for September show a drop of 0.6% compared to the same month last year.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, which produced the figures, said: 'This margin drop points to a flat market, in an economic context that remains uncertain in a number of countries.'

But for the first nine months of the year as a whole, figures show an increase of 1.5%. On September's figures, the spokesman added: 'Spain (+6.2%) was the only market among the top five to show an increase, while the four others posted negative results, as well as Belgium, Finland and the Netherlands.

'Eight countries posted increases between 31% in Denmark and 2.6% in Ireland. Culmulative figures show increases in 10 countries, ranging from +23.9% in Denmark and +0.3% in the United Kingdom.'

Country Jan-Sep 04 Jan-Sep 03 variance
Austria 243,929 235,701 +3.5%
Belgium 387,599 360,189 +7.6%
Denmark 87,225 70,372 +23.9%
Finland 115,449 117,102 -1.4%
France 1,496,389 1,514,912 -1.2%
Germany 2,419,143 2,479,624 -2.4%
Greece 233,675 201,129 +16.2%
Italy 1,760,251 1,744,278 +0.9%
Luxembourg 38,206 34,829 +9.7%
Netherlands 397,174 407,273 -2.5%
Portugal 150,747 145,130 +3.9%
Spain 1,144,009 1,025,326 +11.6%
Sweden 192,495 195,075 -1.3%
UK 2,079,956 2,072,950 +0.3%
European Union 10,893,590 10,741,655 +1.4%
Iceland 9,355 7,880 +18.7%

Norway 82,783 66,541 +24.4%
Switzerland 206,195 207,008 -0.4%
New entrants
Czech Republic 99,238 112,998 -12.2%
Estonia 12,692 11,746 +8.1%
Hungary 151,428 152,868 -0.9%
Latvia 8,086 6,300 +28.3%
Lithuania 6,654 5,340 +24.6%
Poland 255,655 254,492 +0.5%
Slovakia 41,112 39,860 +3.1%
Slovenia 49,102 45,914 +6.9%
European Union 11,517,557 11,371,173 1.3%
Total Europe 11,815,890 11,652,602 1.4%

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