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Fall in European car sales

THE number of new cars sold across Europe during the first two months of the year has fallen slightly.

Latest figures show that 2,396,741 units were sold across Europe, a fall of 0.3% on the same period last year.

A spokesman for the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which produced the figures, said: ‘Cumulative figures for the year confirm the upturn trend in the new EU member states.’

He added that apart from Bulgaria (-3.2%) and Slovenia (-3.3%), all the remaining countries posted growths ranging from +1% in Hungary to +89.7% in Latvia. The figures are the first to include the countries of Bulgaria and Romania.

Country Jan-Feb 07 Jan-Feb 06 Variance
Austria 42,974 42,953 0%
Belgium 104,688 112,682 -7.1%
Denmark 21,774 22,010 -1%
Finland 27,467 30,061 -8.6%
France 329,323 329,126 +0.1%
Germany 382,944 439,071 -12.8%
Greece 51,536 50,990 +1.1%
Ireland 72,853 68,617 +6.2%
Italy 472,678 451,184 +4.8%
Luxembourg 8,416 8,390 +0.3%
Netherlands 110,145 109,016 +1.0%
Portugal 28,610 31,077 -7.9%
Spain 237,042 239,509 -1.0%
Sweden 40,925 35,696 +14.6%
UK 239,189 233,359 +2.5%
European Union (EU15) 2,10,564 2,203,741 -1.5%
Iceland 1,921 3,162 -39.2%
Norway 22,478 14,803 +51.8%
Switzerland 36,403 36,047 +1.0%
EFTA 60,802 54,012 +12.6%
EU15+EFTA 2,231,366 2,257,753 -1.2%
Bulgaria 6,731 6,950 -3.2%
Czech Republic 18,339 16,283 +12.6%
Estonia 4,770 3,331 +43.2%
Hungary 27,189 26,930 +1.0%
Latvia 5,156 2,718 +89.7%
Lithuania 2,426 1,823 +33.1%
Poland 44,798 36,834 +21.6%
Romania 37,556 33,272 +12.9%
Slovakia 8,293 7,587 +9.3%
Slovenia 10,117 10,467 -3.3%
EU (new members) 165,375 146,195 +13.1%
European Union* 2,335,939 2,349,936 -0.6%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA) 2,396,741 2,403,948 -0.3%

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