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European car sales fall 1.8% in October

New car registrations in the European Union fell by 1.8 per cent to 1,005,976 units in  October, according to data from ACEA, the European carmakers’ association.

In the year to October sales fell -1.2 per cent to 11,126,436 units compared to the same period in 2010.

October saw the French and UK car markets posting +2.4 per cent and +2.6 per cent growth.

Demand in Germany, the largest market in Europe, was stable at +0.6 per cent while Italy saw sales decline by -5.5 per cent and Spain by -6.7 per cent.

Year to date Germany is the only market showing growth, up +9.8 per cent while France was near static at +0.4 per cent.

Other countries went negative, Italy (-10.8 per cent) and Spain (-19.7 per cent).

Author John Kirwan

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