BUSINESS

Car sales head north again as 2013 sees annual growth

Car sales posted a yearly increase in 2013 for the first time since 2008, according to official data released on Friday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

The number of vehicles coming on to Greece’s roads for the first time – new and used only abroad – numbered 78,630 last year, up from 77,675 in 2012 – i.e. 1.2 percent growth.

Sales of new private cars posted a significant rise, increasing 0.6 percent to 58,659.

The main reason for the rebound is reportedly the purchase of corporate cars mostly by tourism-orientated enterprises, such as car rental companies.

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