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Half-year van sales rise

SALES of new light commercial vehicles across Western Europe for the first six months of the year are up by 4% on last year.

Sweden led the sales growth in the EU-15, reporting an increase of 16.7%, according to figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). The biggest fall was noted in the Netherlands, where sales were down by 25.1%

Country Jan-Jun 06 Jan-Jun 05 Variance
Austria 15,523 14,753 5.2%
Belgium 33,692 35,927 -6.2%
Denmark 30,840 27,04 14.1%
Finland 8,305 7,749 7.2%
France 234,771 225,637 4.0%
Germany 97,427 84,878 14.8%
Greece 12,627 11,895 6.2%
Ireland 29,210 26,591 9.8%
Italy* 121,925 109,379 11.5%
Luxembourg 1,679 1,634 2.8%
Netherlands 36,984 49,379 -25.1%
Portugal 32,765 35,195 -6.9%
Spain 208,846 198,779 5.1%
Sweden 19,694 16,871 16.7%
UK 168,057 168,305 -10.1%
European Union 1,052,345 1,014,012 3.8%
Iceland 1,339 1,019 31.3%
Norway 19,214 16,771 14.6%
Switzerland 12,017 11,273 6.6%
EFTA 32,570 29,063 12.1%
Western Europe 1,084,915 1,043,075 4.0%

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