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Van sales up in most of Europe

THE majority of European countries noted increases in light commercial vehicle sales during 2004, latest figures show.

Only Ireland and Luxembourg saw falling sales and the biggest increase was experienced in Iceland, where sales increased by 47%.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, which produced the figures, said: 'Cumulative figures for 2004 showed a marked pick-up in the demand for light trucks. New LCV registrations increased by 9% in Western Europe, compared to 2003 (+8.7% for the EU15). All the main markets contributed positively to this result: Spain (+12.4%), the UK (+8.5%), France (+7%), Germany (+5.1%) and Italy (+3.3%).'

Country Jan-Dec 04 Jan-Dec 03 Variance
Austria 28,885 26,253 10%
Belgium 56,601 49,351 14.7%
Denmark 44,865 1,986 40.3%
Finland 17,166 14,484 18.5%
France 407,622 380,918 7%
Germany 185,535 176,521 5.1%
Greece 22,494 17,681 27.2%
Ireland 30,107 30,495 -1.3%
Italy 221,108 213,944 3.3%
Luxembourg 2,670 3,431 -22.2%
Netherlands 86,788 77,009 12.7%
Portugal 71,283 69,060 3.2%
Spain 333,012 296,331 12.4%
Sweden 30,857 28,047 10%
UK 329,599 303,755 8.5%
European Union 1,868,592 1,719,266 8.7%
Iceland 1,629 1,108 47%
Norway 31,241 24,450 27.8%
Switzerland 21,374 20,002 6.9%
EFTA 54,244 45,560 19.1%
Western Europe 1,922,836 1,764,826 9%

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