FRANKFURT -- New-car registrations in Germany, Europe's biggest car market, fell 4.8 percent in May, compared with the same month in 2011.
While car registrations dropped to 289,977 last month, they were still 5.8 percent higher than in April, when 274,066 sales were registered, the federal transport authority (KBA) said in a statement on Monday.
In the first five months, Germany's car sales have grown 0.3 percent to 1.34 million.
New-car sales in France also dropped last month. Registrations fell 17 percent to 197,671 cars and light delivery trucks from 238,873 in May 2011, industry association CCFA said on Friday. The decline was made worse by calendar effects, with three fewer sales days last month than in the previous May.