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
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