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Mixed fortunes for new car sales across Europe

LATEST figures show that sales of new cars across Europe during 2005 were mixed, with 13 countries posting an increase and 10 ending the year with losses.

Among the five main markets of the EU-23, France (+2.7%), Germany (+1.6%) and Spain (+0.8%) experienced growth for the year but Italy (-1.3%) and the UK (-5%) reported losses.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) also released figures for the month of December, that showed sales fell by 3.9% compared to December 2004. It said the drop was partly influenced by a smaller number of working days in most countries during 2005 than the previous year. But the declining sales also indicate the sluggish market conditions of the last quarter of the year, the ACEA added.

Country Jan-Dec 05 Jan-Dec 04 Variance
Austria 307,915 311,292 -1.1%
Belgium 480,088 484,757 -1.0%
Denmark 146,166 121,484 +20.3%
Finland 148,161 142,642 +3.9%
France 2,067,818 2,013,709 +2.7%
Germany 3,319,259 3,266,825 +1.6%
Greece 269,728 289,691 -6.9%
Ireland 171,732 154,136 +11.4%
Italy 2,234,174 2,264,688 -1.3%
Luxembourg 48,517 48,234 +0.6%
Netherlands 465,196 483,745 -3.8%
Portugal 203,443 197,584 +3.0%
Spain 1,528,849 1,517,286 +0.8%
Sweden 274,301 264,246 +3.8%
UK 2,439,717 2,567,269 -5.0%
European Union 14,105,064 14,127,588 -0.2%
Iceland 18,211 11,968 +52.2%
Norway 109,907 115,645 -5.0%
Switzerland 262,609 269,385 -2.5%
EFTA 390,727 396,998 -1.6%
EU15+EFTA 14,495,791 14,524,586 -0.2%
Czech Republic 127,376 125,768 +1.3%
Estonia 19,398 16,436 +18.0%
Hungary 201,413 207,055 -2.7%
Latvia 16,680 11,256 +48.2%
Lithuania 10,520 9,493 +10.8%
Poland 235,521 318,093 -26.0%
Slovakia 56,916 57,430 -0.9%
Slovenia 59,324 62,002 -4.3%
EU new members 727,148 807,533 -10.0%
European Union 14,832,212 14,935,121 -0.7%
Total Europe 15,222,939 15,332,119 -0.7%

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