PARIS (Reuters) -- New-car registrations in France fell 4 percent to 143,059 in May, the first decline since December but that was mainly due to fewer working days than last year.
When the figures are adjusted to include a comparable number of working days as in May last year, sales rose 7.3 percent, according to the CCFA, France's automaker association. The CCFA maintained its forecast for a 2 percent rise in car sales this year.
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen saw its sales fall 12.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted, with the DS brand down 44 percent, Citroen falling nearly 16 percent and Peugeot down 6.8 percent. Renault's group sales fell 3.1 percent, with low-cost brand Dacia down 10 percent and the Renault brand down 1 percent.
Volkswagen Group's volume declined 5.3 percent, while Ford Motor was down 10 percent. General Motors' sales dropped 0.6 percent as a 4.8 percent rise in Opel sales offset a 98 percent plunge in Chevrolet volume ahead of Chevy's European market exit later this year.
• Download PDF, above right, for May and 5-month French sales by automaker and brand.
Five-month French car registrations have risen 3.8 percent to 791,143 so far this year on a reported basis and 5.8 percent on a comparable basis.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report