France, Germany and UK lead European car sales
Saturday 05 March 2011
Demand for cars in Europe's three major economies is continuing to rise, according to figures released this week, but Spain and Italy continue to see falls.
British automakers' association SMMT said March 4 that sales in the United Kingdom jumped 27.4 percent year-on-year last month, adding that there was now a "sustainable improvement in new vehicle demand."
The increase was mirrored in Germany, Europe's largest car market, where sales were up 15 percent on February 2010 and 6.3 percent above the number sold in January 2011.
France saw a similar rise of 13.7 percent, according to French automakers' association CCFA, although it said that the final effects of France's scrappage scheme were still being felt.
However, the news in Europe wasn't universally good - sales in Spain were down 27.6 percent and Italian sales were down by 20 percent, according to figures released March 4.
Figures released earlier this week showed that the US car market is also picking up, although sales fell in Japan.
Life & Style blogs
Astrological signs are almost all wrong, as movement of moon and sun throws out zodiac
Inside A&E: The highs, the lows, and the grief is something that echoes across all hospitals around the world
Rita Ora reveals all – from her 24 tattoos to what she likes to wear when no-one's looking
American Apparel’s model agency leaked casting call saying it wants ‘real models’ not ‘Instagram hoes’
Masterpieces of Fashion Photography exhibition showcases previously unreleased images by legendary photographers like Horst
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Council tenant wins right not to be sent to Milton Keynes
- 1 Andreas Lubitz: Who is Germanwings co-pilot who 'locked out captain and crashed flight 9525'?
- 2 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 3 Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts
- 5 Video shows what happens when lava is poured onto ice
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity to...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Trainee Managers are required to join the UK's...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will maximise the effective...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + uncapped commission : SThree: Hello! I know most ...