MILAN -- New-car registrations in Italy fell 8.3 percent in November despite a 12 percent rise in sales to private buyers.
Last month, 138,405 vehicles were registered, according to data from Italy's transport ministry.
There were 21 selling days, one more than in November 2019. According to industry association UNRAE, sales would have declined 13 percent without the additional day.
Sales to private customers increased 12 percent to 92,011, according to market researcher Dataforce as the partial lockdown introduced by the Italian government to slow a second wave of COVID-19 infections allowed dealer showrooms to remain open.
Sales to short-term rental companies fell by 26 percent, while registrations by long-term rental companies declined by 18 percent. Business sales dropped by 13 percent.
Self-registrations by automakers were down 69 percent and dealer registrations fell 53 percent, Dataforce said.