WOLFSBURG - European car sales were flat in October after a 7.5 percent surge in September.
The biggest fall was in Italy, where sales dropped 21.4 percent, according to estimates.
But the total was affected by a transport strike in Italy that meant that several thousand registrations were not recorded during the month.
These sales will be carried over to the November figures.
Spain maintained strong growth, with October matching last month's 19 percent increase, according to industry estimates.
The German market was up by almost four percent, according to company estimates.
French sales grew 5.6 percent. Renault reported a 16.1 percent rise in registrations in its home market.
The UK fell marginally, although a strong fleet performance by GM/Vauxhall boosted the final figure. Rover's share of its home market fell again, from 9.8 percent in October 1997 to 6.56 percent last month.