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.
BIST 100 index rises 0.44 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate falls to 3.49
The day before, the dollar had rallied against both main rivals and the Dow reached a fresh record high after the US central bank kept alive the chance of a December increase in American borrowing costs.
Monthly index sees decline of 3.4 pct, according to Turkish Statistical Institute
BIST 100 index decreases 0.31 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate rose to 3.51
Frankfurt equities sagged despite a rally for shares in German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp, which announced a deal with Indian group Tata to merge their steel operations in Europe.
BIST 100 index drops 0.02 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands over 3.48
The move was seen as a bid to weather US-imposed sanctions on the embattled country.
Regulators decided in May to fine Banco Popolare di Vicenza a total of 11.2 million euros ($13.4 million), the ECB said in a press release.
BIST 100 index rises slightly 0.09 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate falls to 3.43
BIST 100 index rises 0.10 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands around 3.46
Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index goes down 0.89 pct at close, USD/TRY rate stands around at 3.44