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May 17, 2010    

European car sales fall in April

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by Kay Murchie
European car sales fall in April

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has today revealed registrations of new cars in Europe fell in April on year - the first annual fall in 10 months.

According to ACEA, 1.14 million cars were registered, a fall of 7.4% on last year’s levels.

However, a decline was expected after incentive schemes to boost the ailing car industry have expired.

Germany, whose scrappage scheme ended last September, saw the largest year-on-year fall in registrations, with a 31.7% drop.

In a statement, ACEA said: “In the first months of the present year … government support has ended or begun to fade out and the economic situation remains difficult.”

However, in the first four months of the year, European registrations rose 4.8% on year, but they were down 11% compared with the first four months of 2008 - prior to the global economic crisis.

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