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Sales figures show economy is ‘still hesitant’

NEW car registration across Europe have experienced mixed fortunes during the first 10 months of the year.

A total of nine countries posted increases, ranging from 0.1% in Italy to 24.5% in Denmark, while six noted falling car sales, ranging between 0.2% in the UK and –2.7% in Finland.

Produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), sales figures for the month of October show a fall of 3.5%, to 1,136,930 units, compared to the same month the previous year.

A spokesman said: ‘The drop points to a still hesitant economic situation reinforced by calendar effects.’

This includes the fact that October this year had less working days than the month did last year.

Country Jan-Oct 04 Jan-Oct 03 Variance
Austria 268,621 262,113 +2.5%
Belgium 426,467 402,480 +6.0%
Denmark 97,591 78,399 +24.5%
Finland 126,606 130,112 -2.7%
France 1,666,0131 699,555 -2.0%
Germany 2,700,3172 748,748 -1.8%
Greece 253,781 224,628 +13.0%
Ireland 151,719 142,664 +6.3%
Italy 1,935,4491 934,419 +0.1%
Luxembourg 42,224 38,586 +9.4%
Netherlands 436,543 445,405 -2.0%
Portugal 165,274 158,958 +4.0%
Spain 1,262,7911 146,145 +10.2%
Sweden 215,147 219,964 -2.2%
Country Jan-Oct 04 Jan-Oct 03 Variance
UK 2,250,8222 254,539 -0.2%
EU15 11,999,365 11,886,715 +0.9%
Iceland 10,160 8,684 +17.0%
Norway 92,814 75,613 +22.7%
Switzerland 226,837 229,744 -1.3%
Czech Republic 110,502 126,007 -12.3%
Estonia 14,040 13,232 +6.1%
Hungary 171,853 171,710 +0.1%
Latvia 9,062 7,132 +27.1%
Lithuania 7,673 6,104 +25.7%
Poland 275,426 286,243 -3.8%
Slovakia 45,880 45,684 +0.4%
Slovenia 53,607 50,377 +6.4%
Total Europe 13,017,219 12,907,245 +0.9%

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