June 28 2013.

ACEM statistical service reports a 15% decline in the European Powered Two-Wheelers market for 2013 so far.

Since the beginning of 2013 ACEM has been reporting monthly double digit drops. Economic stagnation in southern countries and widespread unemployment rates, especially among young people are the main causes of the troubled situation affecting the PTW market since 2008 keeping the motorcycle market down in May at -15% year to date.

Compared to the previous two months the magnitude of the drop has slowed somewhat. In May alone Powered Two-Wheeler sales in Europe totalled 140.951 units. Compared to the same month in 2012, May 2013 shrunk by 5.7%.

Over the first five months of 2013 510.836* vehicles were sold, compared to 601.031 in 2012.

In the first five months of 2013 motorcycle registrations fell 12.4% while moped sales were down 20.5%.

All countries are recuperating from a dramatically negative month of March caused by unprecedented winter conditions. Germany, losing 16% in March, stands at -5.4% in May. Similarly, Austria (March -25%) drops "only" 5.8% in May.

The United Kingdom is also above EU average with -7,4%, together with Spain -12,2%. Other countries: France -16,7%, Poland -18,4%, The Netherlands -18,7%. Italy with -25%. Figures refer to all categories (2-, 3- and 4-wheeled L-category vehicles).