West European car demand in May was intermediate between the two very poor months at the start of 2001, and the two much better months that followed. The seasonally adjusted selling rate came in at 14.6 mn (see Table at foot of this note), the same as the average for the year to date. There has been a slight recovery in German demand from the very depressed levels of the recent past; but this has been offset by weaker results in a number of smaller countries, and a Spanish selling rate which failed to match last month's exceptionally strong figure.