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UK car sales continue to fall in March

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by Kay Mitchell

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today revealed UK car sales fell by 7.9% in March compared with the same month in 2010.

March saw the introduction of the new 11-plate cars.

The continuous fall in sales was expected due to the withdrawal of the scrappage scheme.

The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 366,101 – representing the ninth consecutive monthly fall in sales.

Meanwhile, registrations in the first three months of 2011 were down 8.7% compared with the same period in 2010, at 558,336.

However, the SMMT forecast a fall in sales in the first half of 2011 but expects demand to strengthen in the second half.

Commenting on the figures, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: “Despite a dip versus 2010, the market remains on course to meet SMMT’s forecast for the year with motorists buying increasingly fuel-efficient and low emitting vehicles across every segment.”

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