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.
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* European Free Trade Association
** delivery figures