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Sun shines again for August car sales rise

Sales of new cars across Europe or the month of August compared to the same month last year were up by 7.5% to 894,226 units. This is in contrast with July’s sales which were down 1.8% compared to July 2004.

A spokesman at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said: ‘These contrasting figures for the two summer months were influenced by the number of working days. July 2005 had one working day less across Europe, while August had two extra working days in Estonia and Hungary, and one in Latvia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the UK.

‘Cumulative figures for the first eight months of the year show a decrease reduced to 0.5% in total Europe, while the EU-15 is back on a positive trend (+0.4%) for the first time in 2005.’

Country Jan-Aug 05 Jan-Aug 04 Variance
Austria 218,900 218,820 0%
Belgium 351,853 354,005 -0.6%
Denmark 97,248 76,850 +26.5%
Finland 109.287 104,417 +4.7%
France 1,401,138 1,342,010 +4.4%
Germany 2,214,399 2,144,598 +3.3%
Greece 200,636 213,831 -6.2%
Ireland 158,289 141,270 +12%
Italy 1,536,538 1,586,458 -3.1%
Luxembourg 35,003 35,008 0%
Netherlands 344,765 356,441 -3.3%
Portugal 145,012 137,180 +5.7%
Spain 1,069,480 1,045,583 +2.3%
Sweden 174,713 170,035 +2.8%
UK 1,554,828 1,649,193 -5.7%
EU 15 9,612,089 9,575,699 +0.4%
Iceland 12,903 8,417 +53.3%
Norway 73,109 73,463 -0.5%
Switzerland 162,797 186,962 -12.9%
Czech Republic 87,680 84,597 +3.6%
Estonia 13,111 11,383 +15.2%
Hungary 125,269 136,896 -8.5%
Latvia 10,355 7,158 +44.7%
Lithuania 6,872 6,089 +12.9%
Poland 166,886 235,084 -29%
Slovakia 37,717 37,016 +1.9%
Slovenia 42,255 44,709 -5.5%
EU new members 490,145 562,932 -12.9%
European Union 10,102,234 10,138,631 -0.4%
Total Europe 10,351,043 10,407,473 -0.5%

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