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Car sales rise in Europe

LATEST sales figures for new cars across Europe show a slight increase on the same period last year.

Sales in Europe as a whole were up by 0.6% for the months to January to April, with most regions posting an increase.

But sales were down slightly among the EU new members and the European Fair Trade Association (EFTA).

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association also produced figures for the month of April, which compared to the same month last year, had two or three fewer working days so resulted in all main regions posting losses, the biggest in the EU15 and EFTA, down by 7.6%.

Country Jan-April 06 Jan-April 05 Variance
Austria 108,854 108,657 +0.2%
Belgium 228,792 196,034 +16.7%
Denmark 49,032 46,348 +5.8%
Finland 56,059 57,223 -2.0%
France 708,149 720,884 -1.8%
Germany 1,082,016 1,068,975 +1.2%
Greece 99,579 104,113 -4.4%
Ireland 111,989 105,036 +6.6%
Italy 886,976 840,195 +5.6%
Luxembourg 19,728 19,924 -1.0%
Netherlands 196,896 191,680 +2.7%
Portugal 69,153 69,906 -1.1%
Spain 502,534 507,307 -0.9%
Sweden 87,065 85,274 +2.1%
UK 832,422 880,962 -5.5%
EU15 5,039,244 5,002,518 +0.7%
Iceland 6,609 5,132 +28.8%
Norway 32,972 35,282 -6.5%
Switzerland 87,113 88,039 -1.1%
EFTA 126,694 128,453 -1.4%
Czech Republic 37,773 40,512 -6.8%
Estonia 7,369 6,372 +15.6%
Hungary 62,021 58,669 +5.7%
Latvia 6,604 4,251 +55.4%
Lithuania 4,054 3,248 +24.8%
Poland 78,466 85,316 -8.0%
Slovakia 18,044 16,857 +7.0%
Slovenia 22,413 22,025 +1.8%
EU new members 236,744 237,250 -0.2%
Total Europe 5,402,682 5,368,221 +0.6%

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