The seasonally-adjusted annualised selling rate (SAAR) in West Europe's car market in March was just over 15 mn units/year. March was the first month so far this year to match the average SAAR for last year of 14.95 mn units (by definition, the average of the SAAR for a full year is the total number of sales in the year). In addition, the results for March showed a considerable increase in the selling rate on the two preceding months. The absolute volume of sales in March, compared with the same month of last year, was down by just over 4%, but, when adjusted for working days, was fractionally higher than last year.
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