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Europe Car Sales Slide 7.1% on Reimposed Virus Restrictions

  • Registrations resume decline after single month of slim growth
  • Bloomberg Intelligence sees at least 25% drop for the year
French Car Sales Show First Signs of Recovery From Coronavirus
Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

European car sales fell last month as countries reimposed restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, snuffing out a short-lived recovery in demand.

New-car registrations dropped 7.1% in October, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said Wednesday. Aside from a small gain in September, sales have been in decline all year and are down 27% through the first 10 months.