Although April was not as strong as March, April's new car market in Europe continued to show a positive trend with a Western European SAAR of 14.5 million units per annum. For the first four months of the year the SAAR is slightly ahead of the same period last year. But while Germany showed a positive April result, sales in the UK dropped and France and Italy were described as 'lacklustre'. JD Power-LMC now forecasts that 2004 will see Western European new car sales up by less than 2% on last year.