PARIS -- France's new car sales rose 12.2 percent in April -- the sixth consecutive monthly rise -- as both domestic and foreign auto manufacturers posted double-digit gains, according to data from the CCFA industry group.
New car registrations rose to 194,720 vehicles from 173,612 vehicles in April 2004, the Comite des Constructeurs Francais d'Automobiles (CCFA) said in a statement.
This brought the year-to-date rise to 5.9 percent, or 7.2 percent using the same number of business days, the CCFA said.
"Despite a still uncertain economic environment, the French market continues to perform well," the CCFA said. "April is the sixth consecutive positive month, a unique case among major European markets."
Western European carmakers have wrestled with high fuel and raw material prices and an increasingly cutthroat price war, which have weighed on profits.
France's PSA Peugeot Citroen last month posted a slight rise in first-quarter sales, but revenues unexpectedly fell at rival Renault.
The CCFA said new car sales rose 13.2 percent at PSA in April to 58,996 vehicles, with an even stronger 14.2 percent increase at the company's Peugeot division. Sales rose 9 percent at Renault to 52,344 vehicles.
But sales by foreign carmakers continued to outpace those of the French. New car sales by foreign companies rose 13.5 percent to 83,368 vehicles, the CCFA said.