European car market dropped 7% in July 2012. UK was up 9%.

In absence of official data from the Automotive Manufacturers Association, focus2move.com developed this report on the base of all single country data. Unfortunately the month posted the 10th consecutive decline.

The market confirmed the first half trend and our expectations for a market recovery had been frustrated. Only 12 countries out of the 29 (EU 27 plus EFTA) posted a positive year-on-year performance, but the largest countries where all falling, excluding Great Britain and Belgium. As consequence, the July sales 975.000 sales were 7.6% down and the YTD July sales at 7.86 million were down 6.4%.

Germany reported 260.000 sales, down 5% from last year, while the year-to-date sales in July were 1.882.000, flat on last year. This market is on its top volume (excluding the 2010 record, obtained thanks to strong scrap incentives) and should not perform wide variations in the next months.

France fell 7% in July reducing the year to date decline at 13.5%, with 1.2 million sales, while the Great Britain was very positive, with 143.884 sales in July, up 9.3%, the best performance of the year. The year to date volume was 1.2 million, up 3.5%.

Italy reported only 109.747 sales, down 20.5%, with the year to date declining 19.7%. In the first half 2012, Italy was the worst country among the Top 25 Global Markets and in July lost the 10th position in the global ranking, surpassed by Canada.

Spain in July lost 16% and in the year to date 9.4%. Unfortunately, projections are for further negative data in the next months. Double digit declines are expected for the next months in Spain.

Greece and Portugal confirmed their decline around 40%, the worst in the world this year.

In the table below, all the European countries, ranked for their size in the last month:

Brand

Country

July 2011

July 2012

Changes

Ytd July 2011

Ytd July 2012

Change

1

Germany

260.907

247.828

-5,0%

1.883.486

1.882.229

-0,1%

2

France

160.199

148.924

-7,0%

1.385.283

1.197.917

-13,5%

3

United Kingdom

131.634

143.884

9,3%

1.161.272

1.201.564

3,5%

4

Italy

138.106

109.747

-20,5%

1.147.222

920.817

-19,7%

5

Spain

78.913

66.322

-16,0%

521.124

472.392

-9,4%

6

Belgium

34.886

36.701

5,2%

361.331

321.817

-10,9%

7

Netherlands

42.281

31.078

-26,5%

372.211

363.793

-2,3%

8

Austria

29.307

28.268

-3,5%

216.900

215.226

-0,8%

9

Poland

23.134

20.898

-9,7%

161.918

170.055

5,0%

10

Sweden

19.621

18.076

-7,9%

176.663

160.709

-9,0%

11

Denmark

13.065

16.718

28,0%

95.733

96.088

0,4%

12

Czech Rep.

12.118

11.158

-7,9%

100.402

105.391

5,0%

13

Portugal

14.269

9.257

-35,1%

106.120

62.631

-41,0%

14

Finland

8.600

6.443

-25,1%

79.888

73.328

-8,2%

15

Romania

8.501

5.990

-29,5%

40.259

39.333

-2,3%

16

Greece

9.940

5.757

-42,1%

65.214

38.186

-41,4%

17

Slovakia

5.583

5.344

-4,3%

39.766

39.660

-0,3%

18

Hungary

3.685

4.700

27,5%

26.791

32.482

21,2%

19

Luxembourg

4.529

4.600

1,6%

33.125

33.257

0,4%

20

Ireland

4.076

4.431

8,7%

81.399

71.187

-12,5%

21

Slovenia

4.743

4.105

-13,5%

37.685

32.432

-13,9%

22

Bulgaria

1.826

2.200

20,5%

10.992

12.376

12,6%

23

Estonia

1.173

1.350

15,1%

8.682

10.273

18,3%

24

Lithuania

1.072

1.250

16,6%

7.695

7.452

-3,2%

25

Cyprus

1.250

1.000

-25,0%

9.348

7.361

-21,3%

26

Latvia

742

950

28,0%

4.742

6.412

35,2%

 

Total EU27

1.014.160

936.979

-7,6%

8.135.251

7.574.368

-6,9%

1

Switzerland

25.822

24.988

-3,2%

184.296

202.298

9,8%

2

Norway

11.189

11.920

6,5%

79.694

81.275

2,0%

3

Iceland

444

613

38,1%

3.500

5.467

56,2%

 

EFTA

1.016.152

938.929

-7,6%

8.149.341

7.588.141

-6,9%

 

Total EU27+EFTA

1.014.604

937.592

-7,6%

8.138.751

7.579.835

-6,9%

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