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Car sales are up in Europe — sort of

1.7% increase is explained by calendar change

PARIS — European auto sales broke an 18-month losing streak in April, industry data showed Friday. But don’t pop open the Champagne just yet: The uptick was mostly a trick of the calendar.

New passenger car registrations in the 27-nation European Union rose 1.7 percent in April from a year earlier, the first rise since September 2011, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association reported from Brussels.

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