Volvo car sales soar 40% in May as Covid-19 pandemic starts to ease

View of the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium, that resumed production on April 20 after being shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
View of the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium, that resumed production on April 20 after being shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely Holding, said on Wednesday it sold 40% more cars in May than in April, as restrictions to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic started to ease in several markets.

While still down 25.5% in May from a year earlier, the Swedish car maker sold 44,380 cars in the month compared to the 31,760 sold in April, helped by improving showroom traffic trends in Europe, a quicker than expected recovery in the United States, and strong growth in China.

Volvo said China sales grew 21.8% in May, while US sales inched down 2.5% year-on-year but bounced back strongly from April as states started to ease restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

Its sales in Europe fell around 50% in the month, still heavily impacted by restrictions in many countries, but Volvo said the region had shown signs of recovery compared with the previous month.


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