The logo of German car maker Volkswagen is seen on a car outside a garage in Vienna, Austria, September 29, 2016.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The logo of German car maker Volkswagen is seen on a car outside a garage in Vienna, Austria, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (Copyright Reuters 2016)

PSA, Renault, VW lead European car sales decline

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European car sales fell 0.3 percent in October, with the region's three biggest automakers Volkswagen , PSA and Renault leading the decline, according to industry data published on Thursday.

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Registrations came in at 1.14 million cars last month in the region comprising European Union member states as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, the Brussels-based Association of European Carmakers said in a statement.

PSA sales fell 7.4 percent, weighed down by the Citroen brand's 8.9 percent decline, while Peugeot sales were down a more modest 4.6 percent.

Renault group registrations were 2.1 percent lower, and Volkswagen suffered a 1.8 percent sales slide largely attributable to the core VW brand's 7.8 percent drop.

The October numbers dampened the European auto market's performance for the year so far - now amounting to 6.9 percent year-on-year growth for January-October.

French and German demand weakened in October, according to national data published earlier this month, causing forecaster LMC Automotive to trim its full-year market outlook for Western Europe.

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(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by Adrian Croft)