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Mixed bag for car sales across Europe

THE number of new car registrations across the European Union for the year so far were mixed, with 12 countries posting increases and the remaining 11 countries contributing to a fall of more than 2%. The fall in registrations of 2.3% is partly blamed on the economy as the number of working days was the same.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturer's Association (ACEA) said: 'This result points out a slow start of the year, in an economic context that remains sluggish.' A total of 12 countries posted increases for the first two months of the year, ranging from +33.9% in Latvia to +2.1% in the Czech Republic, while 11 reported losses, ranging from -29.1% in Poland to -0.6% in Belgium.

The ACEA also released figures for registrations during the month of February. Across Europe, they amounted to 1,050,725, which represents a fall of 4.1% compared to the same month last year.

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