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EU car sales on the rise

NEW car sales across Europe for the year to date are up slightly on the same period last year, new figures show.

Cumulative figures for the first eight months of the year produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show an increase of 0.4%. Positive results were posted in 14 countries but negative results were recorded for France (-1.9%), Spain (-2%) and the UK (-4.3%). EFTA countries (European Free Trade Association) performed slightly better (+0.9%) than the EU23 (+0.4%) and new member states suffered a slight slowdown (-0.8%), mainly influenced by the Polish (-6.3%) and Czech (-4.4%) results.

Country Jan-Aug 06 Jan-Aug 05 Variance
Austria 217,771 218,900 -0.5%
Belgium 393,988 351,853 +12.0%
Denmark 104,221 97,326 +7.1%
Finland 108,030 109,287 -1.2%
France 1,374,733 1,401,051 -1.9%
Germany 2,246,496 2,233,236 +0.6%
Greece 198,608 200,640 -1.0%
Ireland 166,017 158,209 +4.9%
Italy 1,613,705 1,540,032 +4.8%
Luxembourg 37,327 35,385 5.5%
Netherlands 357,060 344,767 +3.6%
Portugal 139,788 147,170 -5.0%
Spain 1,047,766 1,069,501 -2.0%
Sweden 185,348 174,713 +6.1%
UK 1,487,898 1,554,828 -4.3%
European Union 9,678,756 9,636,898 +0.4%
Iceland 13,460 12,900 +4.3%
Norway 71,872 73,109 -1.7%
Switzerland 183,624 180,493 +1.7%
EFTA 268,956 266,502 +0.9%
EU15+EFTA 9,947,712 9,903,400 +0.4%
Czech Republic 83,798 87,680 -4.4%
Estonia 16,322 13,426 +21.6%
Hungary 127,041 127,364 -0.3%
Latvia 15,527 10,355 +49.9%
Lithuania 8,694 6,937 +25.3%
Poland 156,279 166,790 -6.3%
Slovakia 38,835 37,717 +3.0%
Slovenia 42,092 42,255 -0.4%
EU (new members) 488,588 492,524 -0.8%
European Union* 10,167,344 10,129,422 +0.4%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA)** 10,436,300 10,395,924 +0.4%

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