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Ups and downs of van sales

The majority of European countries have posted increases in sales of light commercial vehicles for the year to date.

Figures produced for 18 western European countries show sales in six countries decreased, with the biggest fall in the Netherlands, where sales were down by 8.5%.

According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the biggest increases were in Sweden (+17.6%), Germany (+15.6%) and Denmark (+15.2%).

Country Jan-April 06 Jan-April 05 Variance
Austria 9,980 9,154 9.0%
Belgium 23,355 24,779 -5.7%
Denmark 19,763 17,155 15.2%
Finland 5,598 5,146 8.8%
France 153,746 148,180 3.8%
Germany 62,409 53,976 15.6%
Greece 8,615 8,189 5.2%
Ireland 22,043 19,784 11.4%
Italy* 76,836 73,182 5.0%
Luxembourg 1,061 1,094 -3.0%
Netherlands 25,696 28,071 -8.5%
Portugal 21,828 22,670 -3.7%
Spain 130,984 126,948 3.2%
Sweden 12,259 10,427 17.6%
UK 110,582 113,008 2.1%
European Union 684,755 661,763 3.5%
Iceland 675 398 69.6%
Norway 12,302 11,007 11.8%
Switzerland 7,042 7,458 -5.6%
EFTA 20,019 18,863 6.1%
Western Europe * delivery figures 704,774 680,626 3.5%

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