STOCKHOLM -- Registered sales of new cars in Sweden picked up in February after a slow start to the year, industry and government data showed on Tuesday.
Statistics agency SCB said registrations of new cars in Sweden, home to carmakers Volvo and Saab, rose 3.3 percent to 21,542 units in February.
Industry group Bil Sweden said its figures, which exclude direct car imports, showed registered sales of new cars rose 7.9 percent year-on-year to 19,073 units.
The data showed a slight gain in new car sales after a lackluster first month of the year when SCB registrations rose 2.0 percent while Bil Sweden put the figure at 3.3 percent.
Truck sales jumped 28.3 percent higher to 2.781 units after a 30 percent increase in January.
"The sharp increase in truck sales is a gratifying confirmation of the strong Swedish economy," Bil Sweden said in a statement.