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UK car sales up 13.5% in May

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by Kay Murchie

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today announced UK car sales grew by 13.5% in May compared with the same month in 2009.

The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 153,095 compared with 134,858 in May 2009 - this represented the 11th consecutive monthly rise.

However, the Society warns that the next few months would be “extremely challenging” and sales for the full year are likely to fall as a result of the end of the scrappage scheme.

The £400 million initiative, which was launched in May 2009 to boost the ailing car industry, paid drivers of cars at least 10 years old £2,000 off the price of a new vehicle.

However, the ‘cash for bangers’ scheme ended on 31 March but according to figures from the Business Department, the scheme contributed to around 20% of all new car registrations since its inception.

Commenting on today’s figures, Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “It is essential that the upcoming emergency Budget promotes consumer and business confidence to maintain economic recovery.”

Meanwhile the SMMT said the Ford Focus was the best selling car during May.

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