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European van sales rise by 7%

DEMAND for light commercial vehicles across Europe pushed sales figures up by more than 7% for the first three months of the year.

Figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), show the highest growth compared to the same period last year was achieved in Sweden (+24.5%) and Denmark (+23.9%). Germany (+18.3%) was the best performer among the top five markets.

Country Jan-Mar 06 Jan-Mar 05 variance
Austria 7,072 6,272 12.8%
Belgium 18,086 18,001 0.5%
Denmark 15,095 12,183 23.9%
Finland 4,376 3,902 12.1%
France 116,360 109,082 6.7%
Germany 46,280 39,114 18.3%
Greece 6,779 6,125 10.7%
Ireland 18,433 15,877 16.1%
Italy* 55,430 53,598 3.4%
Luxembourg 812 833 -2.5%
Netherlands 20,528 22,200 -7.5%
Portugal 16,839 17,148 -1.8%
Spain 99,731 91,151 9.4%
Sweden 8,833 7,097 24.5%
United Kingdom 87,384 85,877 1.8%
European Union 522,038 488,460 6.9%
Iceland 675 398 69.6%
Norway 9,582 7,903 21.2%
Switzerland 5,276 5,337 -1.1%
EFTA 15,533 13,638 13.9%
Western Europe 537,571 502,098 7.1%

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