European sales of new motor caravans during the first half of this year were once again robust, and exceeded the record set in the prior year by 2.8 percent, with a total of 84,785 new motor caravans sold. Sales were up in nearly all of Europe’s national markets, with the exception of Italy (down 2.4 percent), Norway (down 16.6 percent), and Sweden (down 64 percent). With sales of new motor caravans amounting to 33,370 vehicles and a sales increase of 14.1 percent, Germany remains by far the largest motor caravan market in Europe. France, where 15,683 vehicles were sold, is the second largest market, followed by the UK, where 9,037 vehicles were sold – an increase of 5.7 percent, Brexit notwithstanding. Likewise noteworthy are the brisk sales in Spain (up 28.9 percent), Switzerland (up 19.4 percent), Belgium (up 10.7 percent), and Austria (up 12 percent).
Sales growth is proving to be even more robust in the caravan segment. This evolution is all the more noteworthy given the fact that sales in this segment were down during the first half of 2018. Germany is also the largest market for new caravans. The 17,125 new vehicles sold there represent an impressive rise of 10.3 percent relative to the same period last year. Business was also brisk in Spain (sales up 36.2 percent), Switzerland (sales up 4.7 percent), Belgium (sales up 2.8 percent) and Austria (sales up 3.2 percent). Sales in the pivotal Dutch market, the third largest in Europe, were also up (by 0.8 percent), while France, the fourth largest market, fell just short of its excellent 2018 sales results. In the UK, where 10,094 new caravans were sold during the first half of the year, sales declined for this segment (which tends to react more strongly to fluctuations in the business climate), in light of the economic uncertainty wrought by Brexit. But despite the 2 percent sales drop in Europe’s second largest caravan market, overall caravan sales in Europe rose by 3.6 percent for the first half of the year.
“In light of the solid sales growth registered by the European caravanning industry for the first half of this year, it would seem that sales growth in this sector is continuing unabated,” said Jost Krüger, General Secretary of the European Caravan Federation (ECF). “The fact that Brexit is on the horizon is hurting sales in the UK caravan sector, while a new tax regime in Sweden had a severely negative impact on sales in this sector during the first half of the year. But apart from these hiccups, we remain optimistic and are expecting excellent sales results for the year as a whole. And as for next year, we feel there is additional sales-growth potential,” Mr. Krüger predicted.
This press release contains estimated figures as at 8 August 2019.
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The European Caravan Federation (ECF), which is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, is an umbrella organization that represents the interests of the national associations of the European leisure vehicle industry. François Feuillet and Jost Krüger are, respectively, president and general secretary of the ECF. Founded in 1964, the ECF is composed of 12 national organizations, each of which represents the interests of the manufacturing arm of the leisure vehicle industry in each of the EU member states. The ECF is the lobbying organization in Brussels for the European leisure vehicle industry. In this capacity, the ECF lobbies EU legislators on political, economic, and technical matters that are of concern to ECF members. The ECF’s head office is located in Zurich, Switzerland.
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