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Euro van sales increase

SALES of new vans across Europe increased by more than 4% year-to-date, new figures have shown.

Produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, figures show total sales of light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes in Western Europe reached 1,367,923 units, compared with 1,308,696 in the same period the previous year, an increase of 4.5%. With the exception of Belgium (-5.5%), Portugal (-5.9%) and the Netherlands (-12.4%), all other markets posted increases in van sales.

Country Jan-Aug 06 Jan-Aug 05 Variance
Austria 20,470 19,611 4.4%
Belgium 41,224 43,637 -5.5%
Denmark 39,984 35,146 13.8%
Finland 10,546 9,747 8.2%
France 291,134 280,154 3.9%
Germany 125,692 110,858 13.4%
Greece 16,174 15,826 2.2%
Ireland 34,290 31,491 8.9%
Italy* 149,011 137,300 8.5%
Luxembourg 2,190 2,107 3.9%
Netherlands 46,692 53,272 -12.4%
Portugal 41,391 44,000 -5.9%
Spain 273,951 259,519 5.6%
Sweden 24,970 21,288 17.3%
UK 207,163 205,917 0.6%
EU15 1,324,882 1,269,873 4.3%
Iceland 1,704 1,383 23.2%
Norway 25,421 22,470 13.1%
Switzerland 15,916 14,970 6.3%
EFTA 43,041 38,823 10.9%
Western Europe 1,367,923 1,308,696 4.5%

* Delivery figures only

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