PARIS -- French car sales rose 11 percent in January, helped by two extra selling days.
Registrations rose to 153,055 cars last month, up from 138,400 a year earlier, according to data from the CCFA industry association.
Taking into account the extra selling days in January this year, the market growth was a more muted 0.5 percent, analysts Evercore ISI said in a note to investors.
Ford's gain was the biggest among major brands with volume rising 39 percent, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sales jumped 19 percent, helped by a 24 percent increase in Fiat brand sales.
Sales at General Motors' Opel brand rose 14 percent.
Toyota Group had a strong month with sales gaining 6 percent. Toyota brand's sales jumped 18 percent while Lexus increased 4 percent.
Volkswagen Group sales were up 1.9 percent, led by a 49 percent gain at Seat, a 13 percent rise at Skoda and a 3.5 percent increase at Audi. VW brand's volume slipped 5.2 percent, while Porsche registrations dropped 28 percent.
Domestic brands Renault and PSA Group made significant gains, with Renault brand sales rising 17 percent, while volume at Dacia remained flat.
Peugeot sales increased 13 percent and Citroen's volume was up 10 percent. Registrations of DS cars fell 32 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for January sales by automaker and brand.
The French market, which ranks behind Germany and the UK by volume, has been in recovery since 2015, when car sales rose 6.8 percent. That followed four straight years of decline and an almost flat 2014.
Evercore ISI forecasts the market to grow 2 percent this year.
Reuters contributed to this report