Acea has announced commercial vehicle sales figures for the EU which show a total of 146,974 new registrations in April, a figure that is 9.1% up on last year.

The gain was mainly felt in light commercial vehicles. April’s gain is the second month of growth in sales, but compared to April 2008, overall new commercial vehicles registrations were down by

Four months into the year, the EU registered 579,192 new commercial vehicles, or 1.2% more than over the same period a year ago, and 36.7% less than in 2008.

The van segment was the main contributor to the positive results in April, recording 124,704 new registrations, or 13.7% more than a year ago. Major markets all posted growth, from +34.5% in Spain and +31.2% in France, making it the largest market in April, to 19.2% in Germany, 6.4% in the UK and 2.6% in Italy.

From January to April, France (+13.1%) remained the biggest market, followed by Italy (+19.8%), the UK (+11.7%), Germany (+9.9%) and Spain (+20.7%). 496,618 new vans were registered over the period, or 6.2% more than in the first four months of 2009.

April results show an 11.3% decrease in the registrations of new trucks over 3.5t which amounted to 19,501 units.