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18th successive monthly rise in sales fuels confidence
MOTOR industry bosses say the sector is continuing its resurgence after revealing another rise in new car sales.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says sales increased for an 18th successive month in August, with 65,937 new cars registered, an 11 per cent rise on last year's figures.
The results take this year's total new vehicle count to 1,391,788, a 10 per cent rise compared to the same period between January and August last year, and bosses say the new 63 plate, launched this month, could take new sales to more than 2.2 million.
Number plates of newly-registered cars are changed twice a year, in March and September, and Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said the industry was benefiting from growing confidence.
He said: “UK new car registrations have now risen consecutively for a year-and-a-half.
“Private and fleet buyers are clearly capitalising on attractive deals and new technologies against a backdrop of increasing economic confidence.
“August always has far fewer registrations ahead of the September plate change, but the 10.9 per cent rise this month bodes well.”
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