The remaining eight have reported losses ranging from -2.3% in Belgium to -32.8% in Poland.
Sales for the month of June were up by 4.5%, latest figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have shown.
An ACEA spokesman said: ‘Thanks to the encouraging result of June, the drop in cumulative figures for the first semester of the year has fallen to -1.1% in total Europe and 0.2% in the EU-15.’
And commenting on sales performances during June, the spokesman said: ‘Four out of the five main markets posted growth: Italy (+18%), Germany (+8.2%), France (+2.7%) and Spain (+1.8%), while only the UK reported a loss (-4.8%).
‘With regard to Italy, the June figure has been positively impacted by the many deliveries of new cars that could not happen in May because of a month-long strike of car transporters.’
|Country||Jan-June 05||Jan-June 04||Variance|
|EU new members||386,748||451,839||-14.4%|
|Total Europe (EU and EFTA)||8,201,020||8,288,482||-1.1%|