Car registrations down 15.7% in May

Car registrations fell by 15.7 pct in May, as a government-sponsored programme offering incentives to consumers to buy new cars failed to materialise, with car sales down 43.7 pct in the January-May period this year, the Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.
The statistics service, in a report, said car registrations totaled 4,080 in May (new or used ones), down 15.7 pct compared with the same month last year, with registrations of passenger cars down 14 pct over the same period.
In the January-May period, car registrations totaled 59,604, down 43.7 pct compared with the same period in 2010 (passenger car registrations fell 44.1 pct). Car registrations were down 7.9 pct in the January-May in 2010.
Registrations of new motorcycles totaled 19,420 in the five-month period, from 24,824 in 2010, down 21.8 pct, after a 6.9 pct decline recorded in the first month period in 2010.

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