PARIS/MADRID -- French passenger car sales rose 3.2 percent in August, showing the first increase in five months, France's carmakers' association CCFA said on Thursday.
Passenger car sales recovered after falling 5.9 percent in July, 12.6 percent in June, 8.3 percent in May and 11.2 percent in April year-on-year.
Sales of light utility vehicles rose 5.8 percent in August, following a drop of 11.8 percent in July.
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, new-car sales rose 5.9 percent year-on-year in August, the first rise in 13 months, carmakers association ANFAC said on Thursday.
Spain's car sales were 47,224 units in August.
However, ANFAC said the data reflected a statistical anomaly after a low sales volume in August last year. The association said that this August and last August were the only months in 20 years to register a sales figure under 50,000 units.
Car sales have fallen 22.2 percent January-August compared with the same period last year.