Car sales in Europe in March were 0.9% up on last year at 1,757,483 from 1,741,127, according to provisional information released by ACEA. Significantly, nine of the countries under revue failed to match or better year ago results, but it was Germany that had the biggest impact with sales falling by 10.4% to 385,000 from 429,896. However, it should be stressed that German figures are estimates and there can sometimes be quite a difference between the actual figures and the estimates. Nevertheless, German sales are now shown to be 8.2% down on last year at 892,496 from 972,497, a deficit of 80,0001 units. That has helped keep growth to date in Europe down to 3.8% at 4,242,308 from 4,088,592.