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Van sales increase 4% year-to-date

LIGHT commercial vehicle sales across Europe are on the increase – with sales up 4% compared to the same period last year. Performances in individual countries were mixed but sales in most major markets increased between January and October.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, which produced the figures, said: ‘With the exception of Italy (-2.6%) and the UK (-0.9%), all the main markets contributed positively to this result, Spain (+16.2%), France (+3.6%) and Germany (+3.5%).

‘Increases in year-to-date registrations were also reported in a number of the smaller markets ranging from +26% in Denmark to 4.6% in Greece. In contrast, the Netherlands (-21.6%), Finland (-11.9%), Portugal (-2.3%) and Switzerland (0.9%) reported year-to-date drops.’

European LCV sales

Country Jan-Oct 05 Jan-Oct 04 Variance
Austria 24,428 22,469 8.7%
Belgium 51,795 48,681 6.4%
Denmark 44,568 35,359 26.0%
Finland 12,931 14,679 -11.9%
France 347,012 334,924 3.6%
Germany 158,568 153,238 3.5%
Greece 19,425 18,571 4.6%
Ireland 35,500 28,786 23.3%
Italy** 173,836 178,415 -2.6%
Luxembourg 2,622 2,328 12.6%
Netherlands 60,186 76,792 -21.6%
Portugal 57,166 58,519 -2.3%
Spain 315,892 271,740 16.2%
Sweden 27,221 23,974 13.5%
UK 275,214 277,678 -0.9%
EU 1,606,364 1,546,153 3.9%
Iceland 1,705 1,367 24.7%
Norway 28,471 25,460 11.8%
Switzerland 17,887 18,007 -0.7%
Western Europe 1,654,427 1,590,987 4.0%

** Delivery figures

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