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European caravan market grows in the first quarter of 2012

Date: 13/07/2012
Source: FICC

The European market for leisure vehicles grew by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year. This growth spurt came from very few countries, mainly Germany which, with a cool 28.6% increase, leads the field by a long way. After Germany, only Norway and Switzerland showed any appreciable percentage increase in sales of leisure vehicles. The Austrian market remained virtually stable whereas all other European markets lost a lot of ground.

Within the leisure vehicle sector itself the picture is variable. Whereas registrations of motorcaravans in Europe were up 7.7% (19,471 vehicles), registrations of caravans were down by 2.4% (18,392). Five countries reported positive results for motorcaravan registrations: Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Great Britain. The motorcaravan market remained stable in Belgium but elsewhere there were reports of sometimes considerable losses. New registrations of caravans showed that sales did well in Germany, Austria, Norway and Switzerland in the first quarter of 2012. But there was a definite drop in nearly all the other caravan markets.