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Saab car sales fall 9.3%

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Saab Automobile's car sales were down 9.3 per cent in February while there's been an overall 4.1 per cent downturn in European car sales.

With sales particularly poor in Germany, and the Netherlands, Saab's Swedish competitor Volvo actually managed to increase 0.7 per cent for the same period.

"Some of our markets are struggling," admitted Saab Automobile's press chief Christer Nilsson. "Things aren't going so well in Sweden or the Netherlands."

Two markets where Saab is faring better are Britain and Spain.

"Our diesel Saab 9-3 is selling particularly well in the UK," says Nilsson.

Although after the first two months of the year Saab Automobile is 3.6 per cent in the red, the General Motors Group made a profit of 2.9 percent in February. This is largely due to the increased sales of Opel/Vauxhalls (3.9 per cent). Saab and Chevrolet pulled the figure down.

Whilst things look gloomy for Saab, Volvo continues to perform well: sales for January and February increased by 6.2 per cent.

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