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Italian strike leads to Euro sales dip

A MONTH-long strike of car transporters in Italy has had a negative impact on the amount of new cars sold across Europe, latest figures reveal.

Sales during May in Italy tumbled by more than 27% and the figure for total European sales was down by 1.7%. Sales for the year to date across Europe were also down, by 2.45% to 6,640,799 units from 6,803,754 for the same period last year.

Commenting on sales results for the month of May, a spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which produced the figures, said: ‘While the month had one more working day in almost all countries, the May figure was heavily influenced by the significant drop of 2.4% in total Europe, and of 1.3% in the EU-15.

‘With regard to national situations and aside from Italy, the UK was the only other market among the main five to post a decrease (-3.4%), while France (+8.4%), Spain (+7.1%) and Germany (+6.2%) showed encouraging growth. With the only exceptions of Greece (-3.2%) and the Netherlands (-3.8%), all the other 11 EU-15 countries reported a positive variation, ranging from 0.5% in Austria to +14.9% in Denmark. EFTA countries (-2.4%) and new EU member states (-7%) reported losses.’

Country Jan-May 05 Jan-May 04 Variance
Austria 138,362 18,277 +0.1%
Belgium 237,356 249,893 -5.0%
Denmark 57,103 46,103 +24.3%
Finland 72,019 70,437 +2.2%
France 904,616 850,041 +6.4%
Germany 1,360,168 1,344,954 +1.1%
Greece 127,850 134,888 -5.2%
Ireland 122,829 108,229 +13.5%
Italy 987,.557 1,093,246 -9.7%
Luxembourg 24,375 24,133 +1.0%
Netherlands 228,844 236,022 -3.0%
Portugal 88,976 86,400 +3.0%
Spain 648,219 630,622 +2.8%
Sweden 110,712 108,316 +2.2%
UK 1,068,862 1,137,488 -6.0%
European Union 6,178,032 6,259,049 -1.3%

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