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German figures bring down new car sales

THE European new car market started the year with a slight increase in sales, latest figures show.

Total European sales were 1,285,104 units, up 1.1% from 1,271,325 units sold during the same month last year, figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show.

A spokesman said: ‘The overall European result was affected by an expected decline in German new registrations (-10.5%) triggered by anticipated purchases ahead of the January 2007 sales tax increase.’

The other four main markets started the year with an increase in sales. In France, they were up by 1.8%, Spain 2.7%, Italy 3.5% and the UK 5.2%. Sales in the new EU member states continued to grow, with the Baltic states leading the way. Sales in Latvia increased by a massive 95.3%, Lithuania’s sales were up by 62.8% and Estonia’s 46.1%.

Sales in the Czech Republic increased by 17%, in Hungary by 6.6% and in Poland by 21.6%. The Polish figure was boosted, the ACEA said, by newly-introduced financial incentives to promote new cars.

Country Jan 07 Jan 06 Variance
Austria 22,430 23,448 -4.3%
Belgium 55,832 58,128 -3.9%
Denmark 11,264 11,320 -0.5%
Finland 16,893 18,446 -8.4%
France 171,651 168,589 +1.8%
Germany 199,686 223,108 -10.5%
Greece 31,685 29,792 +6.4%
Ireland 46,179 42,817 +7.9%
Italy 248,077 239,649 +3.5%
Luxembourg 3,909 4,167 -6.2%
Netherlands 68,840 69,231 -0.6%
Portugal 14,459 15,631 -7.5%
Spain 116,503 113,410 +2.7%
Sweden 20,599 17,128 +20.3%
UK 165,603 157,363 +5.2%
European Union (EU15) 1,193,610 1,192,227 +0.1%
Iceland 968 1,479 -34.6%
Norway 12,685 7,458 +70.1%
Switzerland 17,714 18,589 -4.7%
EFTA 31,367 27,526 +14.0%
EU15+EFTA 1,224,977 1,219,753 +0.4%
Czech Republic 9,147 7,821 +17.0%
Estonia 2,618 1,792 +46.1%
Hungary 12,952 12,153 +6.6%
Latvia 2,662 1,363 +95.3%
Lithuania 1,478 908 +62.8%
Poland 22,717 18,680 +21.6%
Slovakia 3,501 3,737 -6.3%
Slovenia 5,052 5,118 -1.3%
EU new members 60,127 51,572 +16.6%
European Union* 1,253,737 1,243,799 +0.8%
Total Europe (EU+EFTA) 1,285,104 1,271,325 +1.1%

* Malta and Cyprus not available

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