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UK overtakes France

Another month goes by and the passenger car sales statistics continue to show the same story with the UK up 11.3% and France (-19.2%), Germany (-3%), Italy (-20.1%) and Spain (-20.3%) falling but this trend has now been going on for so long that the UK has overtaken France to be Europe’s second largest market, which last happened in 2008. With UK sales up 11.3% in November and 5.4% YTD much of the benefit has been reported as an increase in retail sales. However a closely placed industry source has stated that some OEMs have changed the way dealer demonstrators and some other sales channels are being reported which may be masking the true mix of the increase. However you look at it the UK market is still up and doing well, defying the trend across Europe and whilst sales of EVs

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/britain-economy-cars-idUSL9E8CR05520121206