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International cycle sales, registrations on the rise

Three countries are reporting positive news on motorcycle sales or registrations.

In different reports, manufacturing associations from England, Vietnam and India all show increases in two-wheel sales.

In England, total new motorcycle registrations were up 6 percent in January compared to January 2006. Scooter sales were up even more, at 12 percent. Specific motorcycle segments that were up the most included adventure sport (up 46 percent) and supersport (18). On the other hand, the custom (down 16 percent) and sport touring (20 percent) segments showed declines.

In India, the two-wheeler market grew by 12.5 percent from April 2006 through February 2007 compared to the previous year period, according to the Society of Indian Automobile manufacturers. Motorcycle sales grew at an even faster rate, at 14.4 percent. Scooters were up nearly 3 percent.

In Vietnam, four motorcycle joint ventures — Honda Vietnam, Yamaha Vietnam, Suzuki Vietnam and SYM — reported a sales increase of 29 percent for January and 28 percent for February compared to the previous year periods, according to an online report at english.vietnamnet.vn.

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