YEREVAN, September 17. / ARKA /. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales in the EU were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year, the European Auto Manufacturers' Association said. It was the lowest January-August figure since the group started keeping track in 1990, AP said. New car registrations in August fell 5 percent from a year ago to 653,872, the association said.
Germany saw a 5.5 percent drop, despite a stronger economy than in other members of the 17-county eurozone. Registrations fell 10.5 percent in France, 18.3 percent in Spain, and 6.6 percent in Italy. Britain's was the only major market to expand, rising 10.5 percent.
The biggest market share over the first eight months remained with Volkswagen Group, including the company's other brands such as Audi, Seat and Skoda, with 24.9 percent, up slightly from 24.8 percent. -0-