UK car sales continue downward trend in June

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed UK car sales fell by 6.2% in June compared with the same month in 2010.

The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 183,125 – representing the twelfth consecutive monthly fall in sales.

Meanwhile, registrations in the first six months of 2011 were down 7.1% compared with the same period in 2010, at 1,029,638.

However, the falls are in line with expectations after sales were boosted last year by the Government’s scrappage scheme.

The SMMT expects demand to strengthen in the second half.

Meanwhile, commenting on the figures, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: “June new car registrations continued to perform in line with industry expectations with robust demand in the fleet sector and a relatively weak retail market. The balance of demand makes this a tough time for vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks.”

Last month, the SMMT revealed a fall in UK car production for the month of May and this followed April’s fall which was disrupted by supply shortages, resulting from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

UK car production fell 4.9% versus the same month a year ago, the SMMT said, with the total number of cars produced at 99,280.

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