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New car sales slightly up

THE number of new cars registered across Europe in 2006 shows a slight improvement over the previous year, latest figures show.

A total of 15,364,997 units were sold last year, an increase of 0.7% over 2005’s figure of 15,254,593 units.

But a spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers’

Association (ACEA) noted that, of the five main markets, only Germany increased sales, partly fuelled by new product launches and consumer confidence. On sales drops in France, Italy, Spain and the UK, he said: ‘Buyer uncertainty, fed by fuel price fluctuations and rising interest rates, were – in addition to the lack of new models – the most frequently evoked factors affecting these markets in 2006.’

Country Jan-Dec 06 Jan-Dec 05 Variance
Austria 308,594 307,915 +0.2%
Belgium 526,141 480,088 +9.6%
Denmark 156,275 148,819 +5.0%
Finland 145,700 148,161 -1.7%
France 2,000,549 2,067,789 -3.3%
Germany 3,467,961 3,342,122 +3.8%
Greece 267,706 269,733 -0.8%
Ireland 178,826 171,732 +4.1%
Italy 2,321,099 2,237,444 +3.7%
Luxembourg 50,837 48,517 +4.8%
Netherlands 483,994 465,152 +4.1%
Portugal 194,684 206,488 -5.7%
Spain 1,499,032 1,528,877 -2.0%
Sweden 282,766 274,301 +3.1%
UK 2,344,864 2,439,717 -3.9%
EU15 14,229,028 14,136,855 +0.7%
Iceland 17,129 18,060 -5.2%
Norway 109,164 109,907 -0.7%
Switzerland 268,894 264,941 +1.5%
EFTA 395,187 392,908 +0.6%
EU15+EFTA 14,624,215 14,529,763 +0.7%
Czech Republic 123,987 127,376 -2.7%
Estonia 25,515 19,581 +30.3%
Hungary 193,462 198,982 -2.8%
Latvia 25,626 16,680 +53.6%
Lithuania 14,044 10,467 +34.2%
Poland 239,038 235,504 +1.5%
Slovakia 59,084 56,916 +3.8%
Slovenia 60,026 59,324 +1.2%
EU (new members) 740,782 724,830 +2.2%
European Union 14,969,810 14,861,685 +0.7%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA) 15,364,997 15,254,593 +0.7%

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