Europe car sales by country: August slipped 8% and 2012 will be 12.9 million.

Last month was the 11th consecutive year-on-year decline for the European car market. The fact that the 8% drop was affected by a relatively strong August last year, when market was up 8%, doesn’t change the reality of struggling economies and weak durable goods markets, including vehicles.

Germany confirmed the -5% posted in July with year-to-date sales at 2.1 million, down 1% from last year. Germany is no more able to sustain the total European data as did in the first half.

France, the 2nd market in Europe, declined at 96.067 sales, down 11% from last year with year-to-date volume down 13%. The France economy is not yet in recession while the national deficit is still very high with the deficit/GDP ratio close to 100%. The car market is expected to further fall in the range of ten percent until the spring 2013, when European region could find back stability.

UK was the 3rd market year-to-date August and looks the one in better shape. After slight progress in Q1 and Q2 July was up 9% and August, really marginal as volume, was flat with a year-to-date August sales at 1.260.000, up 3% from last year.

August is marginal in Italy as well, but the market posted a 20% drop confirming the very negative outlook.

Apparently the surprise was represented by the positive year-on-year 3% posted by Spain. In reality, it was affected by anticipated purchase related to the introduction of new taxes announced for early September.

Markets is a negative trend include Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Romania and, of course, Greece.

Focus2move.com forecast for next months are moderately positive, projecting a decline in the range of 0-5% with a full 2012 projection at 12.9 million, down 5.4% from last year.

In the table below, all the European countries listed by relevance:

Rank

Country

Aug

Ytd Aug

Q3 2011

Q4 2011

Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Jul

Aug

Ytd Aug

1

Germany

226.455

2.108.716

12%

3%

1%

0%

-5%

-5%

-1%

2

France

96.067

1.293.984

-2%

-9%

-22%

-6%

-7%

-11%

-13%

3

United Kingdom

59.433

1.260.997

-1%

-2%

1%

5%

9%

0%

3%

4

Italy

56.447

976.969

-6%

-10%

-21%

-18%

-21%

-20%

-20%

5

Spain

48.820

520.212

-1%

-5%

-2%

-14%

-17%

3%

-8%

6

Netherlands

33.211

397.004

4%

11%

-8%

11%

-26%

-15%

-3%

7

Belgium

31.256

353.073

0%

16%

-13%

-13%

5%

-17%

-12%

8

Austria

24.570

239.796

5%

7%

1%

-2%

-4%

-5%

-1%

9

Switzerland

22.052

224.350

10%

11%

9%

15%

-3%

0%

9%

10

Poland

18.088

188.143

-15%

-23%

13%

2%

-10%

-8%

4%

11

Sweden

21.065

181.774

3%

-7%

-3%

-14%

-8%

-14%

-10%

12

Czech Rep.

13.193

118.584

8%

6%

4%

10%

-8%

-6%

4%

13

Denmark

13.564

109.652

7%

-4%

1%

-8%

28%

8%

1%

14

Norway

11.790

93.065

4%

8%

3%

0%

7%

3%

2%

15

Finland

7.535

80.863

17%

12%

34%

-46%

-25%

-25%

-10%

16

Ireland

3.098

74.285

-35%

-48%

-5%

-29%

9%

-4%

-12%

17

Portugal

5.443

68.074

-31%

-52%

-48%

-35%

-35%

-33%

-40%

18

Slovakia

5.947

46.515

-2%

-10%

6%

-4%

12%

15%

3%

19

Romania

5.044

44.392

-4%

-10%

44%

-12%

-29%

-42%

-9%

20

Greece

3.886

42.072

-3%

1%

-32%

-49%

-42%

-47%

-42%

21

Hungary

3.539

35.796

-3%

2%

22%

18%

20%

3%

18%

22

Luxembourg

2.899

35.751

7%

5%

1%

0%

-7%

-4%

-1%

23

Slovenia

3.072

35.504

-7%

-8%

-14%

-14%

-13%

-26%

-15%

24

Bulgaria

1.519

13.311

22%

12%

1%

20%

-12%

-8%

5%

25

Estonia

1.423

11.872

47%

47%

24%

15%

30%

8%

19%

26

Lithuania

957

8.210

63%

24%

0%

-12%

-2%

-10%

-6%

27

Cyprus

743

8.125

   

-20%

-23%

4%

-21%

-19%

28

Latvia

894

7.251

49%

44%

31%

42%

-2%

4%

26%

29

Iceland

473

5.901

59%

79%

101%

50%

29%

58%

55%

 

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