Aprilís new car sales in Western Europe fell 8 per cent, suggesting on first sight that the market has finally lost the enduring display of fizz seen
in the regionís rebounding new car market for most of the past 44 months. But Aprilís outwardly disappointing turnout, with sales falling well short of last yearís same month levels in all but three of the 18 markets monitored by AIDís market observers, doesnít necessarily mean that the regionís robust sales rebound has finally come to a screeching halt. The reasons why this positive trend was broken last month are all too easily spotted
Aprilís new car sales in Western Europe were hit by three fewer working days in many markets.
Accordingly, all but one of the regionís major markets posted declines.
While Spain saw a minor 1.1 per cent uplift in sales both Italy and France saw minor respective falls of 4.6 and 6 per cent.
The UK, the long-running regional car sales dynamo, was hardest hit.
Germany saw an 8 per cent dip in April sales, but same month sales in the UK slumped by nearly a fifth, pulled back by fewer working days and one other special
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