French new-car registrations increased by 6.7 percent year-on-year in August with most brands reporting gains.
Registrations for the month rose to 98,317, industry association CCFA said in a statement today. Sales were helped by one extra selling day in the month.
Market leader PSA Group's volume increased by just by 0.4 percent as sliding demand for Citroen and DS models offset strong performance by the Peugeot brand. Citroen's volume slipped 6.4 percent and DS sales declined by 20 percent while Peugeot volume gained 6.7 percent.
Domestic rival Renault Group's registrations rose 14 percent with Renault brand up 6.6 percent and Dacia volume rising 38 percent.
Volkswagen Group's sales, still reeling from the automaker's emissions scandal, fell by 8 percent, dragged down by a 19 percent fall at the core VW brand.
Ford was up 8.8 percent and Fiat Chrysler by 24 percent.
Hyundai brand's registrations rose by 21 percent as sales at sibling brand Kia rose 17 percent.
Nissan brand was one of the few losers last month,with registration plunging 20 percent.
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Eight-month French market sales are up 6.1 percent to 1.33 million.
Spain, Italy gains
Spanish new-car sales rose 14.6 percent to 64,089 last month, industry association Anfac said. Sales through August are up 11.3 percent at 794,629.
Sales in Italy increased 20 percent to 71,576 vehicles in August, the country's transport ministry said. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' share of the Italian market was 28.9 percent in August, up from 28.8 percent in July, according to Reuters calculations.
Reuters contributed to this report