FRANKFURT -- Western European car sales rose 14 percent last month, auto industry data provided by LMC Automotive showed on Monday.
Monthly passenger-car sales rose to 1.06 million vehicles, according to LMC Automotive, which estimates monthly sales based on national registration data and LMC's own forecasts.
"With an extra selling day in a number of markets, West European car registrations grew by an impressive 14 percent year-on-year in May. Italy's recovery was once again evident last month, though strong results came in from Germany and France as well," LMC Automotive analyst Emiliano Lewis said.
Sales in Germany and France rose 12 percent and 22 percent respectively. In the UK, registrations rose by a more modest 2.5 percent as a leading industry body warned that the threat of the UK’s exit from the EU in a fortcoming referendum was depressing demand.
In Italy, sales were up 27 percent, while demand in Spain rose 21 percent.
LMC said its estimates project seasonally adjusted new registrations in Western Europe would reach 14.08 million this year, up 5.7 percent from a year earlier.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report