Skoda Auto 2003 car sales in Slovakia down 13 pct


BRATISLAVA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The Slovak unit of the Czech car maker Skoda Auto said on Tuesday its sales declined 13.2 percent last year as hikes in utility prices and excise taxes spoiled consumers' spending appetite. The unit's director Jiri Hasman said Skoda's sales fell to 25,066 cars last year from 28,883 in 2002, reducing its market share to 43.58 percent from 44.17 percent a year ago. Skoda is owned by Germany's Volkswagen group . "The economic situation hit end-users... The ...

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