PARIS -- Registrations in France plummeted by about 35 percent in July from the same period a year ago, according to data from the country's automakers’ lobby CCFA.
Registrations were 115,713 last month, CCFA said. Sales were down 33 percent compared with pre-pandemic levels in July 2019.
The French market is up by about 16 percent over the first seven months, the association said.
The CCFA said the global chip shortage and a new surge in COVID-19 infections are weighing on the prospects for a strong rebound in new-car sales.
The association currently forecasts growth in the range of 9 percent to 10 percent, but that could be revised down. "We think it might be difficult to achieve 1.8 million of sales this year," a CCFA-PFA spokesperson said on Sunday.