September 14, 2017 / 6:39 AM / 9 months ago

Renault, Toyota lead European car sales rise in August

BERLIN (Reuters) - European car sales rose 5.5 percent in August, accelerating from an increase of 2.6 percent in July, according to industry data published on Thursday.

Logo is seen at a Renault store in Minsk, Belarus June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Registrations rose to 903,143 vehicles in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries in August and to 1.19 million vehicles for July, Brussels-based industry body ACEA said.

View of a Toyota logo on a wheel at the Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris auto show, during media day in Paris, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

For the first eight months of the year, registrations were up 4.4 percent to 10.56 million vehicles.

In the 28-nation EU excluding Malta, registrations climbed 5.6 percent to 865,047 vehicles in August, the best August performance in a decade, ACEA said.

Europe’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), which is still grappling with its diesel emissions scandal, saw August deliveries rise 2.8 percent, with its namesake brand down 4.4 percent.

Among the major manufacturers, Renault (RENA.PA) and Toyota (7203.T) saw the biggest monthly increases with 13 percent and 12.5 percent, followed by Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) with 9.8 percent.

Performance was mixed for the region’s two biggest markets. Germany saw a 3.5 percent increase, while Britain registered a 6.4 percent drop, continuing a 9.3 percent fall seen in July.

Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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