European car sales slow in July

Spanish, Italian and French car sales plummeted in July from a year ago as scrappage schemes were phased out and austerity measures kicked in, figures showed yesterday. Car sales in Spain fell 24 per cent to 82,167; French new car registrations fell 12.9 per cent to 169,804; and Italy’s new car sales were down almost 26 per cent to 152,752 units.