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Sales take upward turn

LATEST figures for new car sales across Europe for the year to date reveal a ‘slight upturn’ over the same period last year.

Figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show total European sales reached 14,289,992 units, up 0.8% from January to November 2005.

A spokesman said: ‘Two of the main markets, namely Italy (+4.1%) and Germany (+2.6%) carried on a positive trend.

‘The UK (-3.1%), France (-2.6%) and Spain (-1.6%) were still on a downward path.

‘Except for Portugal (-5.1%), Finland (-1.8%) and Greece (-1.1%), the remaining EU15 countries performed better than during the same period last year.’

Country Jan-Nov 06 Jan-Nov 05 Variance
Austria 290,919 290,214 +0.2%
Belgium 505,155 459,354 +10.0%
Denmark 143,379 135,373 +5.9%
Finland 139,912 142,429 -1.8%
France 1,849,801 1,898,420 -2.6%
Germany 3,164,545 3,084,361 +2.6%
Greece 255,102 257,962 -1.1%
Ireland 177,841 171,131 +3.9%
Italy 2,180,205 2,094,620 +4.1%
Luxembourg 48,323 46,123 +4.8%
Netherlands 470,k888 456,377 +3.2%
Portugal 181,134 190,900 -5.1%
Spain 1,376,332 1,399,107 -1.6%
Sweden 258,887 249,300 +3.8%
UK 2,211,054 2,282,851 -3.1%
European Union (EU15) 13,253,477 13,158,522 +0.7%
Iceland 16,511 16,935 -2.5%
Norway 98,131 99,968 -1.8%
Switzerland 245,492 243,667 +0.7%
EFTA 360,134 360,570 -0.1%
EU15+EFTA 13,613,611 13,519,092 +0.7%
Czech Republic 114,421 117,035 -2.2%
Estonia 23,561 18,088 +30.3%
Hungary 175,933 180,737 -2.7%
Latvia 22,759 14,929 +52.4%
Lithuania 13,004 9,480 +37.2%
Poland 217,523 216,842 +0.3%
Slovakia 53,045 51,345 +3.3%
Slovenia 56,135 55,636 +0.9%
EU (new members) 676,381 664,092 +1.9%
European Union 13,929,858 13,822,614 +0.8%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA) 14,289,992 14,183,184 +0.8%

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