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China revs up, the USA is on the road to recovery - but Europe is stuck in neutral or reverse gear

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The EU15 car market continues to stutter and falter – with major problems being faced in Italy, Spain and some of the smaller mature markets such as Greece, Ireland having a significant effect on Europe’s car sales and presenting Europe’s motor industry with headaches of hangover proportions post 2007.
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Written by Peter Bailey
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Multibrand Coming of Age?

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A refurbishment of my local Peugeot dealership is almost complete, which has now emerged from the scaffolding as a multibrand Peugeot and Citroen dealership, with a hybrid Corporate Identity and a multibrand fastfit operation included. It is perhaps a good indicator of what is to come, as the European industry at manufacturer and dealer level struggles with the dual challenges of a flat or falling new car market and structural decline in aftersales.
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Written by Steve Young

The Christmas Rush

The Christmas Rush

Mainstream retailers everywhere are of course obsessed with sales performance at this time of year, both in-store and online. In a previous life I was with a major UK grocery retail chain, and in the run up to Christmas, every day mattered: turnover, footfall, stock cover, and profitability on the key seasonal product lines and categories were analysed on a daily basis.
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Written by Ben Waller

Swiss Seasonality

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A world away from the economic and industry woes of Ireland, there is a European market where stability reigns and seasonality is only affected (slightly) by the weather, yes, one really exists! It’s Switzerland…
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Written by Peter Bailey

Are Continental franchised dealers really interested in selling used cars?

Are Continental franchised dealers really interested in selling used cars?

That’s one question – among others – that our guest speaker Christophe Louvard, CEO of Autobiz (http://pro.autobiz.fr/) asked during his presentation in our used car workshop, held at our ICDP of in Frankfurt on 5th December 2012. The ‘Webuyanycar’ type of service implemented recently developed by Autobiz enables dealers to get a gross margin of +3,000 euros per car, and there are still difficulties to convince dealers to adopt such a system for their sourcing…
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Written by Thomas Chieux

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