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LCV sales up in 2006

LIGHT commercial vehicle sales across Europe during 2006 were up by more than 5% on the previous year, latest figures show.

Sales of vans up to 3.5 tonnes totalled 2,077,406 units during the year, an increase of 5.6% on 2005’s figure of 1,967,562 units.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said: ‘On the whole, 2006 was better than 2005 in terms of van registrations for all European countries except for the Netherlands (-2.2%), Belgium (-2.8%) and Portugal (-3.2%).

‘Among the main markets, Germany was the strongest performer (+12.5%), followed by Italy (+8.3%), Spain (+5.9%), France (+4.8%) and the UK (+1.3%).’

Country Jan-Dec 06 Jan-Dec 05 Variance
Austria 30,351 28,720 5.7%
Belgium 57,917 59,593 -2.8%
Denmark 62,786 55,914 12.3%
Finland 15,268 14,090 8.4%
France 439,273 419,043 4.8%
Germany 197,164 175,201 12.5%
Greece 23,735 23,045 3.0%
Ireland 40,591 36,844 10.2%
Italy* 234,104 216,220 8.3%
Luxembourg 3,083 3,025 1.9%
Netherlands 64,474 65,906 -2.2%
Portugal 64,487 66,638 -3.2%
Spain 408,763 386,080 5.9%
Sweden 39,402 34,702 13.5%
UK 327,162 322,930 1.3%
European Union 2,008,560 1,907,951 5.3%
Iceland 2,554 2,172 17.6%
Norway 42,630 35,185 21.2%
Switzerland 23,662 22,254 6.3%
EFTA 68,846 59,611 15.5
Western Europe 2,077,406 1,967,562 5.6%

* Delivery figures

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