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Mixed car sales fortunes

THE majority of European countries ended 2004 on a high after recording an increase in new car sales for the year. Only three countries out of the original EU15 noted a fall in registrations, latest figures reveal. However, last year's new entrants into the EU collectively saw sales fall for the full year, according to figures produced by the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Total European sales were up by 1.8% to 15,337,418 units, up from 15,073,418, while European Union sales increased by 1.6% to 14,940,827 units, from 14,703,303.

A spokesman for the ACEA said: 'Cumulative figures for the year 2004 show increases in 12 countries out of the 15, ranging from +25.4% in Denmark to +0.2% in France, with only three countries posting negative results, ranging from -0.5% in the UK to -3.2% in Finland.'

Country Jan-Dec 04 Jan-Dec 03 Variance
Austria 310,439 300,121 +3.4%
Belgium 484,757 458,796 +5.7%
Denmark 120,484 96,076 +25.4%
Finland 142,642 147,405 -3.2%
France 2,013,712 2,009,246 +0.2%
Germany 3,266,826 3,236,938 +0.9%
Greece 289,753 257,293 +12.7%
Ireland 154,141 145,223 +6.1%
Italy 2,258,861 2,247,043 +0.5%
Luxembourg 48,234 43,620 +10.6%
Netherlands 483,885 488,841 -1.0%
Portugal 197,521 189,792 +4.1%
Spain 1,517,518 1,382,109 +9.8%
Sweden 264,246 261,206 +1.2%
UK 2,567,269 2,579,050 -0.5%
EU15 14,120,288 13,842,759 +2.0%
Iceland 11,968 9,885 +21.1%
Norway 115,645 89,921 +28.6%
Switzerland 268,978 270,309 -0.5%
Czech Republic 1342,973 149,546 -11.1%
Estonia 16,513 15,602 +5.8%
Hungary 211,862 208,426 +1.6%
Latvia 11,256 8,731 +28.9%
Lithuania 9,408 7,543 +24.7%
Poland 318,111 353,635 -10.0%
Slovakia 57,430 57,513 -0.1%
Slovenia 62,986 59,548 +5.8%
EU (new members) 820,539 860,544 -4.6%
Total Europe 15,337,418 15,073,418 +1.8%

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