Light-vehicle sales in France dropped slightly by 0.9 percent to 248,697 registrations in June 2012, compared to a 17 percent decline in May, according to the Comité des Constructeurs Français d'Automobiles (CCFA), the country’s auto manufacturing association. Despite the decline, the June figure signals a slowdown in the decline of the French car market. Domestic carmaker PSA/Peugeot-Citroen posted a 9.5 percent decline in deliveries to 63,551 units, a sharp contrast to its local rival Renault which posted 9.5 percent hike in sales to 50,018 cars, mainly thanks to the popularity of its low-cost Dacia brand. German carmaker Volkswagen Group managed to increase its market share in France after posting a 3.8 percent rise in sales to 26,313 for June 2012. Volkswagen Group’s core VW brand logged an 11 percent increase in deliveries in June to 15,963 units. According to CCFA, the overall French registrations were boosted by an additional day of sales compared with June 2011. CCFA said that if that extra day is excluded, it meant that light-vehicle sales dropped 5.6 percent.
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