MILAN -- New-car sales in Italy fell 33 percent in September, according to data from the country's ministry of infrastructure and transport, the third consecutive monthly drop.
There were 105,175 registrations last month, according to the ministry, down from 156,357 last September. The month had the same number of selling days as September 2021 and 2020.
Industry association UNRAE said the September figure was 26 percent below the pre-pandemic level of September 2019.
Sales have been in decline for the whole third quarter after registrations fell 27 percent in August and 19 percent in July.
Market research company Dataforce said all channels had sales declines.
Demand from private customers fell 34 percent, while sales to companies dropped 13 percent and those to long-term rental companies had a 14 percent decline. Sales to short-term rental companies dropped 63 percent.
Self-registrations by automakers and dealers were down 39 percent from the same month in 2020.
Sales fell despite a recently approved government incentive package, which began in August.
The incentives allow buyers of new cars emitting between 61 and 135 g/km of CO2 to claim a 1,500-euro purchase bonus if they scrap an old car. As of the beginning of October, 71 percent of the allotted 200-million-euro fund has been claimed.