COLOGNE, Germany TheStreet) -- Ford ( F) said European sales increased slightly in September as gains in Germany and Eastern Europe helped offset continuing weakness in much of Western Europe. The automaker said its September sales in 19 key European markets increased by 1.2% to 129,200 vehicles. Ford's market share totaled 9.1%, up 0.1 a percentage point.
"The strong performance of the Ford brand in Germany and in growth markets such as Russia and Turkey helped to offset the continuing weakness of many Western European markets," said Roelant de Waard, vice president, marketing, sales and services, Ford of Europe, in a prepared statement. "The serious economic concerns in the eurozone are clearly affecting consumer confidence and having an impact on industry incentive levels and product mix." In the United Kingdom, Ford's largest European market by volume, Ford September sales fell 4.3% to 54,100 vehicles. In Germany, Ford's second-largest market, sales rose 20.4% to 23,000 vehicles. In Italy, ranked third, sales fell by 400 vehicles to 12,600. And in Russia, ranked fourth, September sales rose 19.2% to 11,000 vehicles. Ford said sales in its total 51 European markets grew 2.2% to 154,400 vehicles. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here:
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