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Bikes outsell cars in the UK

Bikes are outselling cars across most of Europe, with the UK the second biggest bicycle buying nation behind Germany.

According to data collated by US news site NPR, bikes outsold passenger cars in 23 European countries in 2012.

In the UK, 3.6M bikes were sold in 2012 compared to just 2.045M passenger vehicles.

In Germany, the biggest market for bicycles in Europe, almost 4M were sold.

A slump in the number of cars sold due to the tough economic conditions partly explained the figures, said NPR.

Research carried out by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association shows that in July new vehicle registrations had dropped by 6.3% in June.

This brought the total number of car sales for the first six months of 2013 to just 6.44M, a 6.7% drop year-on-year.

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