September registrations down 9.6% in EU
In September, registrations amounted to 1,227,645 units. All major markets contracted, from -8.2% in France to -8.9% in the UK, -17.8% in Germany, -18.9% in Italy and -27.3% in Spain. In contrast, markets such as Ireland (+93.9) or Latvia (+79.6) expanded considerably, posting growth from very low levels in 2009 and 2008.
From January to September, results in the major markets were more diverse. While the French market remained stable (+0.8%) compared to the three first quarters of 2009, registrations in the UK (+7.8%) and Spain (+16.2%) were higher than in the previous year. Italy (-4.4%) and Germany (-27.5%), however, saw numbers decline. The steepest fall was recorded in Bulgaria (-37.8%) and the most important increase in Ireland (+52.3%).