Re­cov­ery re­flected in ve­hi­cle sales

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Car sales in Greece con­tin­ued to speed up last month, as new ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions in­creased by 33.7 per­cent year-on-year in Oc­to­ber. In cer­tain cat­e­gories, such as coaches, sales almost dou­bled from Oc­to­ber 2013, which can ex­plained by the rapid growth in tourism, as ho­tels and travel com­pa­nies rush to make in­vest­ments to cater to cus­tomers.

Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ELSTAT) data showed yes­ter­day that new per­mits is­sued last month amounted to 7,439 pas­sen­ger cars, against 5,627 in Oc­to­ber 2013, post­ing a 32.2 per­cent in­crease. There were also 60 per­mits is­sued for coaches, com­pared with 31 a year ear­lier.

Truck per­mits

The econ­omy’s re­cov­ery is also ev­i­dent in the in­crease in truck sales, as 1,659 per­mits were is­sued in Oc­to­ber 2014 against 1,192 in the same month of 2013.

Ac­cord­ing to ELSTAT fig­ures, more ve­hi­cles were sold in the first 10 months of this year (59,452) than in the whole of 2013 (58,659). Sales of new trucks reached 4,102 in the Jan­uary-Oc­to­ber pe­riod this year, ex­ceed­ing the 3,698 trucks sold through­out 2013 by far. A to­tal of 158 new coaches were sold in the year to end-Oc­to­ber, against 97 in the Jan­uary-De­cem­ber 2013 pe­riod.

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