Oxford, UK – West European car registrations in July 2021 were down by 25.6% at 864,000 units. compared with July 2020, according to data from LMC Automotive.
European car sales markedly fell in July 2021
In July the previous year, a total of 1.16m units were registered.
The rate of sales also slowed in the month, said LMC Automotive. The consultants put this down to chip supply problems which is 'holding back the post-lockdown rebound in demand.'
Looking at the largest markets; in Germany sales were down 24.90% in July. Registrations were 236,000 units.
At the same time, in the UK sales were up 2.47% year on year. Sales hit a total of 123,000 cars in the month.
In France, the year on year number of registrations rose by 16.10% with just over 1M units sold there in the year so far. Spanish sales were down by 28.9% in the month at 84,000 thousand units.
Meanwhile, in Italy sales were down by 19.4% reaching a total of 110,000 units in July. A total of 990,000 vehicles have been sold there in the year to date.
The European automotive market grew by 16.9%% in the first seven months of 2021 to 6.72m units from 5.75m units in the same period last year.