Car sales figures grew for the tenth consecutive month in June, as the revival of the Eurozone economy encouraged the consumers to buy new model, according to CNBC, Agerpres reports. Romanian market grew 75.1 per cent in June, with 6,947 new car registered, from 3,967 in June 2013; this was the highest year-on-year growth in the European Union. New car registrations in the EU and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries advanced 4.3 per cent year-on-year, from 1,179,295 in June 2013 to 1,230,363, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) announced on Tuesday. Germany was the only big European market where sales declined in June, by 1.9 percent. The figures were 23.9 percent higher in Spain, 6.2 percent in the United Kingdom, 3.8 percent in Italy, and 2.5 percent in France. Most European car markets reported sales growths from January to June 2014; exceptions were Austria, Belgia and the Netherlands. The overall EU and EFTA new car market surged 6.2 percent compared to Q1 2013, from 6,452,514 to 6,851,552 units, ACEA data show. Germany, Europe’s largest market for cars, advanced 2.4 percent over Q1 2014, less than Spain (17.8 pc), the United Kingdom (10.6 percent), Italy (3.3 percent) and France (2.9 percent). Romania topped this ranking with 27.2 percent, or 31,225 new cars registered. ACEA statistics cover 26 EU countries (Malta and latest entry Croatia are not included) and 3 EFTA states, namely Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
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