New car sales in Bulgaria in June 2013 added up to 1944, about 8.9 per cent less than in June 2012, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said on July 16.
In the first six months of 2013, new car sales were 8971, about 8.2 per cent less than the 9770 recorded in January to June 2012, the association said.
Across the European Union, in June 2013, new passenger car registrations totaled 1 134 042 units, declining by 5.6 per cent compared to June 2012. In the first half year of 2013, 6 204 990 new cars were registered in the EU (the association noted that figures for Malta were not available), or 6.6 per cent less than in the first six months of 2012.
In June 2013, the United Kingdom was the only major market to expand (13.4 per cent), while the Spanish slipped by 0.7 per cent and the German (-4.7 per cent), Italian (-5.5 per cent) and French (-8.4 per cent) contracted. Total new registrations in the EU amounted to 1 134 042 units, or the lowest level recorded since 1996.
From January to June, except for the UK which expanded by 10 per cent, all other major markets faced a downturn ranging from -4.9 per cent in Spain to -8.1 per cent in Germany, -10.3 per cent in Italy and -11.2 per cent in France.
Overall, demand for new cars reached 6 204 990 units in the first semester of this year and decreased by 6.6 per cent compared to the first half-year of 2012, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
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