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European sales figures an ‘encouraging start’ to year

EUROPEAN new car sales have started off the year on a high – with January sales up by more than 2% compared to the same month the previous year. The EU-15 mainly contributed to the increase as many new EU member states and the European Fair Trade Association (EFTA) countries reported losses. The figures were collated by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which said: ‘Three out of five main markets reported growth: Germany (+10.8%), Italy (+10.7%) and France (+2.8%). Spain (-0.3%) and the UK (-13.3%) ended the month with a loss. Among the other EU15 countries, only three reported decreases. The other seven posted positive results, with Belgium (+14.1%) leading the pack thanks to the effects of the Brussels Motor Show. ‘The EFTA loss was driven by Switzerland (-1.8%), while among new EU member states, Latvia (+58.5%), Lithuania (+55.2%), Estonia (+22.1%) and Hungary (+12.1%) reported growth, with Poland (-16.5%) still leading the list of countries which posted losses.’ The ACEA said the results, up by 2.6% for total Europe, showed an encouraging start to the year.

Country Jan 06 Jan 05 variance
Austria 23,448 23,424 +0.1%
Belgium 58,128 50,958 +14.1%
Denmark 11,063 10,029 +10.3%
Finland 18,446 18,162 +1.6%
France 168,668 164,116 +2.8%
Germany 223,108 201,349 +10.8%
Greece 29,792 31,742 -6.1%
Ireland 43,106 38,329 +12.5%
Italy 237,409 214,439 +10.7%
Luxembourg 4,167 3,793 +9.9%
Netherlands 69,241 70,943 -2.4%
Portugal 15,635 16,524 -5.4%
Spain 104,441 104,793 -0.3%
Sweden 17,128 16,547 +3.5%
UK 157,363 181,474 -13.3%
EU15 1,181,143 1,146,622 +3.0%
Iceland 1,419 1,314 +8.0%
Norway 7,458 7,375 +1.1%
Switzerland 17,689 18,008 -1.8%
EFTA 26,566 26,697 -0.5%
EU15+EFTA 1,207,709 1,173,319 +2.9%
Czech Republic 7,821 8,942 -12.5%
Estonia 1,791 1,467 +22.1%
Hungary 11,956 10,664 +12.1%
Latvia 1,363 860 +58.5%
Lithuania 1,217 784 +55.2%
Poland 18,555 22,226 -16.5%
Slovakia 3,737 3,752 -0.4%
Slovenia 5,118 5,501 -7.0%
EU new members 51,558 54,196 -4.9%
European Union 1,232,701 1,200,818 -4.9%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA) 1,259,267 1,227,515 2.6%

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