PARIS, April 16 Michelin said the
market for passenger car and light truck tyres fell 15 percent
in Europe last month, while North America saw a 5 percent dip
and Brazil a 2 percent rise.
The European market dropped 11 percent overall in the first
quarter of 2013, compared with rises of 1 percent in North
America and 7 percent in Brazil, Michelin said on its website.
The world's second-largest tyremaker, whose tyres equip
vehicles ranging from bicycles to airliners, said in February
that it expected sales volumes and operating profit would be
flat in 2013.
The company is due to publish sales for the first quarter on
(Reporting by James Regan; editing by James Jukwey)