Easter holidays take toll on EU car registrations

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Car registrations in the EU fell in April, with the decline attributed to the Easter holidays, although the market remains up year to date.

© gerard uferas Arval Paris 18_03_09

Car registrations in the EU fell in April, although the market remains up year-to-date © gerard uferas

Latest figures from the ACEA show that registrations were down -6.6% to 1,191,034 units, with demand most of the major markets seeing declines. The UK posted a double-digit drop (-19.8%), followed by Germany (-8.0%), France (-6.0%) and Italy (-4.6%). Only the Spanish market grew last month, recording a slight increase (+1.1%).

Positive contributions mainly came from the ‘EU-12’ countries, which were up +8.2%.

From January to April 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive (+4.7%), totalling 5,332,854 units. Italy (+8.0%), Spain (+6.1%), Germany (+2.5%), France (+2.0%) and the United Kingdom (+1.1%) all saw their markets grow during the first four months of the year.

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