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WESTERN EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE
Burst of February spring sunshine – 
February passenger car sales 
Published: Tue, 08th Feb 2016 14:42:25 GMT
 

January-February West European passenger car sales history

Spring came early for those earning their livelihood in Europe's car market, according to AID’s provisional February car sales figures for Western Europe. Trading in the region’s car sales arena has held up notably better than earlier expected, and judged from February’s 13.5 per cent jump in sales, new cars are still flying off dealer forecourts. February sales fell in only three of the 17 markets regularly tracked by AID, and sales in the five major markets grew by between 8.3 and 27.3 per cent. 

West Europe’s car dealerships, thanks in no small part to one extra working day and high incentive activity, were still attracting hordes of the region’s more confident new car buyers. 

Hard on the heels of January’s 6 per cent rise in sales, February’s turnout topped last year’s February level by a strong 13.5 per cent. 

Evidence that so far the market has not lost any of the stored up heat, last month saw the 3rd double-digit jump in the past four months and the 30th successive gain of unbroken recovery growth. 

Consumers’ taste for the autoindustry’s latest metal is perhaps best illustrated in the UK. 

Here, after a vintage car sales year, February sales grew 8.3 per cent, raising the previously unforeseen prospect of a second successive car sales record in a row
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