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LCV sales figures up throughout Europe

LIGHT commercial vehicle sales across Europe are up by more than 8% for the year. Latest figures for the year to date show that registrations in all of the main European markets posted year-on-year increases, ranging from 3.8% in Germany to 12.8% in Spain. Figures for the month of September show an increase of 7.4% compared to the same month the previous year to 169,828.

With the exception of Germany (-2.3%), sales in September increased in all the main markets. They were up in Italy (+1.0%), France (+1.7%), the UK (+9.5%) and Spain (+15.9%). The situation in the other markets was also generally positive with registration growth ranging from 1.0% in Sweden to 3.4% in Greece.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), which produced the figures, said: 'Cumulative figures for the January to September period are up by 8.5% in Western Europe compared to the same period last year.'

Sales up to 3.5 tonnes

Country Jan-Sep 04 Jan-Sep 03 variance
Austria 19,749 18,965 4.1%
Belgium 44,140 39,884 10.7%
Denmark 31,564 22,404 40.9%
Finland 13,064 10,926 19.6%
France 301,384 283,163 6.4%
Germany 136,746 131,739 3.8%
Greece 16,832 13,027 29.2%
Ireland 26,944 27,319 -1.4%
Italy 158,758 152,246 4.3%
Luxembourg 2,042 2,869 -28.8%
Netherlands 69,761 62,519 11.6%
Portugal 52,362 49,785 5.2%
Spain 243,591 215,856 12.8%
Sweden 21,543 20,061 7.4%
United Kingdom 249,533 231,827 7.6%
European Union 1,388,013 1,282,590 8.2%
Iceland 1,081 830 30.2%
Norway 22,592 17,356 30.2%
Switzerland 16,384 15,550 5.4%
Western Europe 1,428,070 1,316,326 8.5%

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