FRANKFURT -- The recovery in European car sales continued in September as registrations rose in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
German new-car registrations increased 4.8 percent to 272,479 vehicles in September, according to the the German motor transport authority (KBA). This helped take sales for the first three quarters to 2.4 million, a rise of 5.5 percent.
In France, registrations were up 9.1 percent to 164,774, the CCFA industry body said. Nine-month sales rose 6.3 percent to 1.4 million.
In Italy, September sales surged 17 percent to 130,071, according to data from Italy's transport ministry.
Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent year-on-year in September to 69,826, vehicle manufacturers' association Anfac said, marking 25 straight months of growth. Through September, registrations rose 22 percent to 783,892.
Spanish registrations have been boosted by a government-backed subsidy scheme aimed at lifting sales over the last two years and was renewed for the seventh time in May with an injection of 225 million euros ($247 million).
Nine-month sales in all four markets also were up. Germany rose 5.5 percent to 2,407,938; France climbed 6.3 percent to 1,421,440; Italy increased 15 percent to 1,196,270; and Spain surged 22 percent to 783,892.
Reuters contributed to this report