BRUSSELS - New car sales in the European Union fell by 8.9 per cent in August, translating into a 7.1 per cent drop for the first eight months of 2012 compared to last year, industry data said on Tuesday.
August registrations across the EU totalled 688,168, down from 755,732 the same month last year.
All markets for which data were available recorded a drop, except Britain, which saw sales rise by 9.3 per cent with 143,884 registrations.
Sales in Italy and Spain, though, slumped by 21.0 per cent and 17.2 per cent respectively. Germany also lost 5.0 per cent, according to the ACEA European manufacturers association.