For the month of August, registrations of vans up to 3.5 tonnes reached 111,990 units, up 12% on the same month the previous year.
A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), which released the figures, said: 'The strengthening of the market reflects calendar effects as August 2004 had one to two more working days in all countries except the UK. With the exception of the UK (-5.6%) all the main markets contributed positively to this situation.'
For the year to date, van sales in Western Europe are up by 8.6% to 1,257,616 units from 1,157,532 units in 2003.
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