LONDON Feb 6 British new car registrations rose
2.9 percent in January, a car industry body said on Monday,
spurred on by the first annual increase in demand from private
consumers for 10 months despite fears Brexit would cool sales.
Car sales hit 174,564 units last month in Europe's second
largest market, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
said on Monday, boosted by a 5 percent increase in sales to
Analysts predict the British car market will shrink by
around 5 percent after two years of record high demand and due
to the Brexit-related fall in the pound pushing up the price of
some models and causing wider uncertainty.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Michael Holden)