UK car sales continue to fall in May

| June 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today revealed UK car sales fell by 1.7% in May compared with the same month in 2010.

The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 150,431 – representing the eleventh consecutive monthly fall in sales.

Meanwhile, registrations in the first five months of 2011 were down 7.3% compared with the same period in 2010, at 846,513.

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: “New car registrations for May were down just 1.7% on 2010 levels, with strong performances in the fleet and business sectors.

“Consumers remain cautious but, with significantly improved fuel economy, service plans and more affordable finance, there is great value on offer across the market,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Ford Fiesta continues to be the top-selling car, with the Ford Focus in second place, according to the trade body.

Last month, the SMMT revealed a sharp fall in UK car production for the month of April, disrupted by supply shortages, resulting from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

UK car production fell 12% versus the same month a year ago, the SMMT said, with the total number of cars produced at 86,306.

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