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European van sales show a healthy rise

SALES of new vans under 3.5-tonnes across Europe have increased by 5.3% – or by more than 66,000 vehicles – over the past year.

Sales in Western Europe between January and August this year totalled 1,324,818 units, up from 1,258,355 during the same period in 2004.

With the exception of Italy (down 2.4%), all main European markets reported growth. In Spain, sales were up 18.3%, in France 3.7%, Germany 3.5% and the UK 1.3%. In smaller countries, the markets were generally positive with sales increases ranging from 5.2% in Greece to 27.6% in Denmark.

In contrast, the Netherlands (-15.4%), Switzerland (-11.2%), Finland (-10%) and Portugal (-1.6%) reported falls in year-to-date sales, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

Jan-Aug 05 Jan-Aug 04 Variance
Austria 19,611 17,543 11.8%
Belgium 43,637 39,832 9.6%
Denmark 35,135 27,538 27.6%
Finland 10,577 11,746 -10.0%
France 280,154 270,183 3.7%
Germany 125,856 121,561 3.5%
Greece 15,826 15,042 5.2%
Ireland 31,556 25,052 26%
Italy* 137,281 140,721 -2.4%
Luxembourg 2,107 1,881 12%
Netherlands 53,241 62,943 -15.4%
Portugal 46,150 46,892 -1.6%
Spain 259,529 219,342 18.3%
Sweden 21,288 19,044 11.8%
UK 205,917 203,233 1.3%
European Union 1,287,865 1,222,553 5.3%
Iceland 1,309 1,010 29.6%
Norway 22,547 20,042 12.5%
Switzerland 13,097 14,750 -11.2%
EFTA** 36,953 35,802 3.2%
Western Europe 1,324,818 1,258,355 5.3%

* Delivery figures
** European Free Trade Association

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