French new car sales surge in January

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PARIS, Feb 1 (AFP) - Sales of new cars in France started the year with a surge of 6.5 percent in January from the figure 12 months ago, the French car manufacturers' association CCFA said Tuesday.

PARIS, Feb 1 (AFP) - Sales of new cars in France started the year with a surge of 6.5 percent in January from the figure 12 months ago, the French car manufacturers' association CCFA said Tuesday.

Overall, 164,192 new cars were registered in France, with sales at Renault soaring 17.5 percent.

The monthly increase, adjusted on an annual basis according to working days, showed the year had begun on "a positive note" after a flat 2004, marked by a pickup in sales in the final months "that seems to be confirmed on the month of January 2005," the CCFA said.

In 2004, sales rose 0.2 percent from 2003 in unadjusted figures, but fell 1.3 percent on an adjusted basis.

© AFP

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