BERLIN (Reuters) – European car registrations dropped in July and August but not as steeply as in previous months, industry knowledge confirmed on Thursday, pointing to a sluggish recovery in Europe’s vehicle sector that was hit tough by the coronavirus disaster.

In July, new vehicle registrations dropped by 3.7% yr-on-12 months to 1,281,740 vehicles in the European Union, Britain and the European No cost Trade Association (EFTA) nations, data from the European Auto Manufacturers’ Affiliation (ACEA) confirmed.

Profits fell by 17.6% in August to 884,394 motor vehicles, when all countries in the area, except Cyprus, recorded losses as opposed to the prior year. Registrations in Germany and France fell sharply even though they edged down in Italy, the information confirmed.

That arrived after greater declines in sales of 24.1% in June and 56.8% in Could.

Volkswagen Group’s

sales decreased by 24.2% in August, even though Renault

and PSA Team described drops of 22.8% and 19%, respectively.

Luxury automaker BMW

posted a 6.3% rise in registrations even though rival Daimler’s

profits declined by 17.4%.

In the to start with eight months of the calendar year, gross sales dropped by all-around a third as the coronavirus lockdown compelled carmakers to close showrooms throughout Europe.

(Reporting by Riham Alkousaa Editing by Michelle Adair)

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