Truck market – UK bucks downward trend
Across the EU, demand for new trucks (3.5 tonnes to 16 tonnes, excluding buses and coaches) was down 4.1 per cent in June, with 25,459 new registrations in the EU. However the UK bucked this general trend.
The UK (+6.6 per cent) was the only market to perform better than in the same month last year. Germany performed somewhat similarly (-0.8 per cent), while France (-3.3 per cent), Spain (-12.3 per cent) and Italy (-26.0 per cent) recorded negative results. Six months into the year, the EU totalled 150,568 new trucks, or 5.5 per cent less than in the same period a year earlier. While the UK posted a strong 21.5 per cent growth, the French (-3.2 per cent), German (4.7 per cent), Spanish (22.4 per cent) and Italian (-30.9 per cent) markets all shrunk.
1st six months EU heavy truck sales down 6.1 per cent YOY
In June, the European heavy truck segment (>16 tonnes, excluding buses and coaches) shrank by 4.6 per cent, totalling 10,012 units. Germany (+2.5 per cent) and the UK (+1.6 per cent) saw their markets expand, while France (-5.8 per cent), Spain (-11.3 per cent) and Italy (-33.7 per cent) performed less well than in the same month a year ago.
In the first half-year, the EU registered 112,762 new trucks, or 6.1 per cent less than in the first six months of 2011. The UK was the only important market to post growth (+12.7 per cent). Germany (-3.0 per cent) and France (-4.6 per cent) contracted, while Spain (-21.4 per cent) and Italy (-28.9 per cent) faced a more severe downturn.