World Bulletin / News Desk
“In February 2017, EU demand for passenger cars increased only modestly, 2.2 percent, especially when compared to January’s double-digit figures," ACEA said in the report.
Overall passenger cars registration in February totaled 1,078,503 units, it said.
Despite the weak performance in February compared to the previous month’s 10.2 percent increase, the association noted that the new reading was close to February 2008 levels just before the economic crisis hit the automotive industry.
Among the major markets, France, Germany and U.K. all saw declines from a year earlier partially due to February having one working day less, the report said, adding the performance of 12 member states, who joined the bloc after 2004, drove the sales higher, showing a 15.9 percent hike in the month from a year earlier.
The EU is the largest export market for the Turkish automobile industry, which is vital for the Turkish economy as Turkey is home to several joint venture car companies such as Oyak Renault, Tofas-Fiat Chrysler, and Ford Otosan.
The Automotive Industry Association (OSD) of Turkey announced Monday that the auto exports in the first two months of the year surged 31 percent in numbers from a year earlier, and 60 percent in cars alone.
Total exports in January and February totaled $4.33 billion, up 21 percent compared to the same period last year, the OSD report said, adding passenger car sales jumped 92 percent, hitting $1.84 billion.
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Data monitoring company IHS Markit also flagged a slight slowdown in France, where strikes were interrupting a resurgent boom on the back of government reforms.
Treasury reports central government debt stock in March rises around 15 pct year-on-year, reaching nearly $235 billion
Sales to foreigners amounted to 1,827, 15.8 pct rise year-on-year, according to official report
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Fresh hopes that Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will hold a historic summit within months also provided some much-needed optimism.
The fund cautioned that investors and financial markets expect a steady approach to monetary tightening based on the belief inflation will remain relatively tame.
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