Brussels - Total new passenger cars registrations in Europe (EU-23 + EFTA) in April 2006 amounted to 1266 million units,which represent a decrease of 7.3 percent (and 7.4 percent in the EU-15) with respect to April 2005. This drop was expected, as the Easter break this year fell in April; the month had 2 working days less across the whole region and 3 days less in Germany, Spain, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Cumulative figures for the first four months
of the year show a marginal increase of +0.6% for Europe and +0.7% for the EU-15.
The five main markets reported a loss in April: Spain (-10.5%), the United Kingdom (-9.1%), Germany (-8.9%),
France (-6.7%) and Italy (-6.3%). Only five markets in the EU-15 ended the month with a growth, with Belgium
(+6.5%) on top of the ranking. With regard to cumulative figures, eight countries show positive figures,
comprised between +16.7% in Belgium and +0.2% in Austria, while the seven others report losses, comprised
between -5.5% in the U.K. and -0.9% in Spain.
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