European car sales mixed as scrappage schemes end
Friday 04 June 2010
European car sales showed a mixed performance in May as scrappage schemes ended, according to figures.
Spain posted a 44.6 percent rise, selling a total of 102,873 units in May, Spanish carmakers' association ANFAC reported.
British manufacturers' association the SMMT said June 4 that sales in the United Kingdom rose by 13.5 percent in May, the eleventh successive monthly rise, although SMMT chief Paul Everitt said that he expected the coming months to be "extremely challenging".
All other major European markets posted a decline in May.
In France, new passenger car sales fell 11.5 percent year on year on the back of a reduced scrappage incentive, the first fall for over a year.
Figures from French carmakers' association the CCFA showed that foreign brands were the worst hit, falling 14.5 percent, while domestic brands fell by 8.9 percent.
Italian car sales fell by 13.79 percent, said Italian association UNRAE, a total of 163,700 units (down from 189,878 a year ago).
In Germany, Europe's largest market, the VDA said that May sales fell by 34 percent, taking the total sales figures for 2010 to 1.18 million - 28 percent lower than the same time last year.
Life & Style blogs
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Ed Miliband deemed less influential than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson by official Doncaster power list
- 3 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
£16000 - £46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£9 - £13 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a s...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Have you got a proven track rec...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...