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Van sales post a 5% increase for 2006

SALES of light commercial vehicles across Europe are up by more 5% for the year to date, latest figures show.

Figures published by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) for sales of vans up to 3.5 tonnes show that Germany led the way with a rise in sales of 22.8% and only three of the EU-15 countries – the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK – posted losses.

Country Jan-Feb 06 Jan-Feb 05 Variance %
Austria 3,998 3,649 9.6%
Belgium 11,536 11,484 0.5%
Denmark 9,147 7,820 17.0%
Finland 2,961 2,648 11.8%
France 73,678 67,471 9.2%
Germany 28,200 22,971 22.8%
Greece 4,547 4,077 11.5%
Ireland 13,300 11,469 16.0%
Italy* 33,767 33,620 0.4%
Luxembourg 514 535 -3.9%
Netherlands 14,120 15,962 -11.5%
Portugal 10,625 10,982 -3.3%
Spain 58,543 56,160 4.2%
Sweden 5,239 4,374 19.8%
UK 35,917 37,493 -4.2%
European Union 306,092 290,715 5.3%
Iceland 346 262 32.1%
Norway 6,088 5,038 20.8%
Switzerland 3,144 3,311 -5.0%
EFTA** 9,578 8,611 11.2%
Western Europe 315,670 299,326 5.5%

*Delivery figures
**European Fair Trade Association

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