FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Western European car sales jumped 9.6 percent in August, boosted by buoyant demand in Germany, the UK and southern Europe, LMC Automotive said on Friday.
New-car registrations rose to 701,245 last month, data compiled by the company showed. LMC makes its forecast for Western Europe based on published national registration figures and smaller market estimates.
The numbers amount to a seasonally adjusted selling rate of 13.1 million cars per year, LMC said.
"The market is heading towards 13 million units for the full year," said Emiliano Lewis, a UK-based analyst with the company.
German sales rose 6.2 percent in August, according to data published earlier this week. Sales in the UK rose 9.6 percent, while car registrations in southern Europe, where August is traditionally a weak month, surged 23 percent in Spain, 11 percent in Italy and 10 percent in France, LMC data showed.