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Van sales rise in Europe

VAN sales across Europe have started the year on a high, with figures for the month of January showing a 4% rise on the same month last year. Figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show that two out of the five main countries reported ‘substantial’ increases in new registrations during January.

Sales in Germany were up by 25.4% and in France by 11.6%. However, they fell in Spain (-1.3%), Italy (-2.2%) and the UK (-2.4%). ACEA found that within the EU15 countries growth was strong in Sweden (+23.8%) and Ireland (+19.5%). The Netherlands (-19.8%), Portugal (-9%) and Luxembourg (-3.9%) all recorded losses.

Country January 06 January 05 Variance
Austria 2,031 1,973 2.9%
Belgium 6,633 5,903 12.4%
Denmark 4,383 4,037 8.6%
Finland 1,675 1,573 6.5%
France 37,199 33,326 11.6%
Germany 14,955 11,926 25.4%
Greece 2,470 2,183 13.1%
Ireland 8,363 6,996 19.5%
Italy* 15,719 16,068 -2.2%
Luxembourg 270 281 -3.9%
Netherlands 8,593 10,717 -19.8%
Portugal 5,327 5,856 -9.0%
Spain 27,122 27,483 -1.3%
Sweden 2,467 1,992 23.8%
UK 21,441 21,970 -2.4%
European Union 158,648 152,284 4.2%
Iceland 176 127 38.6%
Norway 3,156 2,424 30.2%
Switzerland 1,550 1,789 -13.4%
EFTA 4,882 4,340 12.5%
West European 163,530 156,624 4.4%

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