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Mixed fortunes on car sales

THE sales performance of new cars across Europe for the year to date is mixed – with 12 countries posting an increase and 11 reporting a loss.

Figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show growth ranged from +22.8% in Denmark to 0.2% in Finland. Losses ranged from -0.2% in Germany to -40.5% in Poland.

For the month of April, sales reached 1,357,474 units, a fall of 0.8% (1,369,086 units) on the same month the previous year.

Country Jan-Apr 05 Jan-Apr 04 Variance
Austria 107,979 108,707 -0.7%
Belgium 196,034 210,938 -7.1%
Denmark 44,404 36,151 +22.8%
Finland 57,223 57,110 +0.2%
France 720,953 680,496 +5.9%
Germany 1,060,176 1,062,393 -0.2%
Greece 104,111 110,306 -5.6%
Ireland 105,289 92,815 +13.4%
Italy 836,157 8886,169 -5.6%
Luxembourg 19,934 19,725 +1.1%
Netherlands 191,687 197,429 -2.9%
Portugal 68,940 66,943 +3.0%
Spain 507,475 499,267 +1.6%
Sweden 85,274 84,381 +1.1%
UK 880,962 943,00 -6.6%
European Union (EU15) 4,986,598 5,055,838 -1.4%
Iceland 4,965 3,414 +45.4%
Norway 35,282 36,894 -4.4%
Switzerland 83,272 89,959 -7.4%
EFTA 123,519 130,267 -5.2%
EU15+EFTA 5,110,117 5,186,105 -1.5%
Czech Republic 40,512 40,699 -0.5%
Estonia 6,516 5,968 +9.2%
Hungary 59,692 67,056 -11.0%
Latvia 4,251 3,634 +17.0%
Lithuania 3,261 3,105 +5.0%
Poland 85,380 143,529 -40.5%
Slovakia 16,857 16,797 +0.4%
Slovenia 22,025 24,058 -8.5%
EU new members 238,494 304,846 -21.8%
European Union 5,225,092 5,360,684 -2.5%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA) 5,348,611 5,490,951 -2.6%

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