Peugeot maker PSA Group on Wednesday posted a 0.8% decline in its third-quarter sales from a year ago, though revenue from its core auto division grew again after slumping earlier in 2020 at the height of coronavirus lockdowns.
The rebound, more pronounced than for some of the French carmaker's rivals, comes as it works through the details of its merger agreement with Italy's Fiat Chrysler to create the world's fourth-largest auto group.
The car industry has benefited after dealerships re-opened in the recent months, though some countries like France are mulling fresh restrictions including a possible lockdown to fight a resurgence in the Covid-19 pandemic.
PSA said overall sales stood at 15.5 billion euros ($18.32 billion) in the July to September period, down 0.8% from a year earlier. Automotive revenue was up 1.2% at 12 billion euros, after ending the first half of the year down 35.5%.