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First green shoots or mere blip?
April sees first car sales rise after 18 successive months of tumbling sales
Published: Fri, 17 May 2013 09:17:33 GMT

West European Passenger Car Sales history

First warm breeze after 18 months of chill in a car market that appeared moribund for months, but Aprilís spirit-lifting picture, showing a seemingly trendbucking 1.9 per cent rise in car sales, is nowhere near as rosy as it looks.

Jump in April passenger car sales in Western Europe

A near two per cent rise in West Europeís April car sales, like a first taste of warm spring sunshine after the longest and most drawn-out winter for decades, simply couldnít fail but trigger a large sigh of relief from Europeís carmakers, importers and distributors.

Aprilís minor uplift in sales to just over 1 million units was the first advance after 18 successive months of tumbling sales, tempting some optimists to the view that at long last the very worst of the economic crisis in the eurozone may finally be over.


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EUROPEAN new CAR sales:
West European new car sales by country APRIL 2013 v APRIL 2012
west European new car sales by country 4-MONTHS 2013 v 4-MONTHS 2012

W. European new car sales by manufacturer and marque APR 2013 v APR 2012
W. European new car sales by manufacturer and marque 4-MONTHS
2013 v 4-MONTHS 2012

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