Car sales fall across Europe

Car sales in the United Kingdom fell for the first time in a year in July, Britain's car makers' association said August 5.

The volume of new cars registered fell by 13.2 percent in July, following 12 successive monthly rises, a decline the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) put down to the end of the scrappage scheme.

The fall in Britain reflected similar declines in most major European markets reported earlier this week.

Sales in Italy fell by 26 percent year on year, while Spanish sales fell by 24 percent.

Sales in Germany, Europe's largest car market, slumped by 30 percent year-on-year, led by foreign brands, which fell 39 percent overall.

In France, sales were down 12.9 percent, with 169,804 vehicles sold.

Data released earlier this week showed a slight gain in US auto sales and larger gains for China and Japan.

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