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Latvia and Iceland lead car sales surge

NEW car sales across Europe have increased by more than 2% in the first two months of the year, compared to the same period last year.

Sales amounted to 2,340,384 units in January and February, up from 2,284,021 units during the first two months of last year. This equates to an increase of 2.5%.

The biggest gainers included Latvia, where sales were up by 48.1%, and Iceland, which posted an increase of 31.5%.

Among the top five biggest European countries, France, Italy and Germany posted increases but sales were down in Spain and the UK, according to figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

Jan-Feb 06 Jan-Feb 05 % variance
Austria 42,953 42,045 +2.2%
Belgium 112,682 96,129 +17.2%
Denmark 21,613 19,736 +9.5%
Finland 30,061 29,351 +2.4%
France 329,126 323,758 +1.7%
Germany 439,071 421,391 +4.2%
Greece 50,990 52,222 -2.4%
Ireland 68,617 62,945 +9.0%
Italy 447,917 412,019 +8.7%
Luxembourg 8,392 8,681 -3.3%
Netherlands 109,045 105,104 +3.7%
Portugal 31,052 32,061 -3.1%
Spain 221,250 224,350 -1.4%
Sweden 35,696 35,620 +0.2%
UK 233,359 258,566 -9.7%
EU15 2,181,824 2,123,978 +2.7%
Iceland 3,162 2,405 +31.5%
Norway 14,803 15,700 -5.7%
Switzerland 35,870 34,953 +2.6%
EFTA 53,835 53,058 +1.5%
EU15+EFTA 2,235,659 2,177,036 +2.7%
Czech Republic 16,283 16,787 -3.0%
Estonia 3,145 2,666 +18.0%
Hungary 27,015 24,816 +8.9%
Latvia 2,718 1,835 +48.1%
Lithunania 1,698 1,536 +10.5%
Poland 36,624 42,054 -12.9%
Slovakia 7,587 7,014 +8.2%
Slovenia 9,6455 10,277 -6.1%
EU new members 104,725 106,985 -2.1%
European Union 2,286,549 2,230,963 +2.5%
Total Europe (EU and EFTA) 2,340,384 2,284,021

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