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.
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* Delivery figures
** European Free Trade Association