STAFF REPORTER
PRIVATE car sales to individuals direct from dealers in the Balearics rose by 27.8 percent in the first fortnight of December in comparison with the same period a year ago, the National Association of Car Dealers (Faconauto) reported yesterday.

Faconauto said that 486 cars have been sold in the Balearics over the past two weeks as opposed to just 380 a year ago. However, when compared to the rest of Spain, the Islands are at the bottom end of the scale in terms of car sales increases along with the Canary Islands which sold 21 percent more than in the same period last year. These results pale into insignificance besides the boost in sales in Castilla y Leon where during the first fortnight of December, 80.5 percent more cars were sold to individuals than they were in the same period in 2008.

Higher results around the regions were also seen in Aragon (+77.6%), Cantabria (+67.5%), Valencia (66.2%), Navarre (+66.1%), Asturias (63.4%) and the Basque Country (+60.1%).

Success in the market has been triggered by a Central Government, regional government and manufacturers' aid package which can provide the potential car purchaser with up to 2'500 euros worth of subsidies.

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