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Van sales rise shows no sign of slowing

SALES of light commercial vehicles across Western Europe have increased by almost 5% for the year to date.

Registration for vans up to 3.5-tonnes totalled 506,898 units between January and March - up from 483,591 units during the same period last year.

Out of the five main Western European countries, only Italy noted a fall, (-0.4%). In Spain, registrations were up 13.4%, France 4.7%, UK 2.2% and Germany 1.4%.

Among smaller countries, Denmark (27.6%), Ireland (25.7%) and Belgium (10.2%), made the biggest contributions to the year-to-date results.

Latest figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) show that for the month of March, sales of LCVs increased but at a slower pace than in previous months. New registrations during the month reached 205,524 units, up 2.7% on the same month last year.

Country Jan-Mar 05 Jan-Mar 04 Variance
Austria 6,272 5,837 7.5%
Belgium 18,001 16,337 10.2%
Denmark 12,161 9,530 27.6%
Finland 4,150 4,383 -5.3%
France 109,083 104,236 4.7%
Germany 43,390 42,776 1.4%
Greece 6,125 5,613 9.1%
Ireland 15,957 12,692 25.7%
Italy** 53,601 53,798 -0.4%
Luxembourg 833 697 19.5%
Netherlands 22,165 26,511 -16.4%
Portugal 17,888 18,059 -0.9%
Spain 91,163 80,379 13.4%
Sweden 7,097 5,730 23.9%
UK 85,877 84,030 2.2%
European Union 493,763 470,608 4.9%
Iceland 398 308 29.2%
Norway 7,903 7,280 8.6%
Switzerland 4,834 5,395 -10.4%
EFTA* 13,135 12,983 1.2%
Western Europe 506,898 483,591 4.8%

* European Free Trade Association
** delivery figures

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