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.’
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