In March, vehicle registrations in Latvia grew by 11.53% with respect to March of 2016. In total, 20,627 cars were registered and 20,627 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 11.53% more than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of March is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 3,934, 3.01% less than in March of 2016.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 1,442, which represents a figure of 6.85% less than in March of 2016.
Latvia is one of the countries where the least number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.
A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Latvians residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 10.48 cars per 1,000 residents, 10.48 of them in the last month, Latvia, occupies one of the final places in the ranking, meaning that its population is among those in the table with the least spending power.
As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .
Changes in Latvian vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have declined since 2007, as 34,532 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 15.63.
Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Latvia. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Latvia in en Latvian economy.