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Fall in European car sales

SALES of new cars across Europe for the year to date have fallen slightly, although new EU member states performed well, latest figures show.

Registrations during the first quarter of the year totalled 4,220,019 units, down by 0.2% on the same period the previous year.

Figures produced by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show sales in EU new member states were up 13.8% to 265,249 units.

Country Jan-Mar 07 Jan-Mar 06 Variance
Austria 75,859 77,999 -2.7%
Belgium 163,858 177,645 -7.8%
Denmark 34,205 36,403 -6.0%
Finland 40,202 43,809 -8.2%
France 519,191 526,502 -1.4%
Germany 717,536 797,143 -10.0%
Greece 79,325 76,059 +4.3%
Ireland 100,773 94,322 +6.8%
Italy 733,223 704,105 +4.1%
Luxembourg 14,423 14,222 +14%
Netherlands 160,295 159,913 +0.2%
Portugal 49,514 51,963 -4.7%
Spain 410,534 413,626 -0.7%
Sweden 68,402 61,256 +11.7%
UK 688,476 669,206 +2.9%
European Union (EU15) 3,855,816 3,904,173 -1.2%
Iceland 3,103 5,334 -41.8%
Norway 33,742 24,622 +37.0%
Switzerland 62,109 62,997 -14%
EFTA 98,954 92,953 +6.5%
EU15+EFTA 3,954,770 3,997,126 -1.1%
Bulgaria 11,186 8,723 +28.2%
Czech Republic 30,105 27,568 +9.2%
Estonia 7,651 5,137 +489%
Hungary 42,076 44,940 -6.4%
Latvia 7,939 4,569 +73.8%
Lithuania 3,844 2,990 +28.6%
Poland 72,763 58,462 +24.5%
Romania 59,910 51,170 +17.1%
Slovakia 13,189 12,852 +2.6%
Slovenia 16,586 16,611 -0.2%
EU (new members) 265,249 233,022 +13.8%
European Union* 4,121,065 4,137,195 -0.4%
Total Europe** 4,220,019 4,230,148 -0.2%

* Data for Malta and Cyprus not available
** ACEA estimates

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