MILAN -- New-car sales in Italy rose 13 percent in June, according to data from the country's ministry of infrastructure and transport as demand was boosted by short-term rental companies preparing for a better tourism season.
There were 149,438 sales last month, according to the ministry, up from 132,691 last June.
Industry association UNRAE said that figure was still 13 percent below the pre-pandemic level of June 2019.
Market research company Dataforce said sales to private customers declined 1.1 percent, while sales to companies were up 2.3 percent and those to long-term rental companies grew by 35 percent.
Sales to short-term rental companies rose 103 percent, thanks to optimism surrounding the return of tourists.
Self-registrations by automakers and dealers were up 30 percent from the same month in 2020.
Dataforce forecasts the market will grow 8.4 percent in 2021 to 1.5 million sales, slightly improving its previous forecast of 1.49 million. The forecast sees 615,250 sales in the second half of 2021, a 23 percent decline from 2020.
Sales through June this year were 884,750, an increase of 51 percent from the same period in 2020.