The European new car market saw a very slight year-on-year decline in October 0f 0.02%, according the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

A total of 1,104,506 vehicles were sold in the month.

A number of countries saw sales decline, including two of the so called ‘big five’ markets. French sales fell 4% year-on-year to 155,194, and German sales fell 5.6% to 262,724.

The biggest fall by percentage came from the Dutch, however, where sales crashed 22.2% compared to October 2015.

There were some bright spots, however. UK sales saw some growth in the period (up 1.4% to 180,168), as did Spanish (+4.0%) and Italian (+9.7%) sales.

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The top four manufacturing groups by sales, Volkswagen Group, PSA Group, Renault Group and Ford, all saw various degrees of slowing sales.

Below these, only Mazda and Suzuki were the only groups with sales of over 10,000 which saw a decline in sales. All others saw an increase in sales.