The UK joined France and Spain in reporting falling car sales in June after registrations in the country fell by 6.2 percent to 183,125 units, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Wednesday. This continues a 12-month trend of consecutive falls for the UK.
Sales over the first six months of the year were down 7.1 percent and the industry is on track to meet its full year forecast of 1.93 million units, the trade body said.
"June new car registrations continued to perform in line with industry expectations with robust demand in the fleet sector and a relatively weak retail market," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
"The balance of demand makes this a tough time for vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks," he added.
In June, 210,236 cars were delivered in France, a fall of 12.6 percent in year-on-year figures, after dropping 8.3 percent in May and 11.2 percent in April, according to the CCFA industry body.
France's scrapping incentive scheme ran out in December 2010 but consumers who bought cars as part of the scheme could register them until the end of March 2011.
In Spain, car sales fell 31.4 percent in June from a year ago, carmakers association (ANFAC) said on Friday, marking a full year of declining sales after the removal of government subsidies last July.
Germany was a bright spot in car sales last month.
New car sales in Germany rose by 10 percent to 288,383 units in June, according to figures provided by the German government's Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt on Monday. German registrations totaled 1.62 million units between January and June of this year, the department added.
In comparison with much of Europe, Germany, the region's biggest economy, is enjoying a period of strong economic growth and unemployment is currently at its lowest level for over 20 years.
Reuters contributed to this report