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UK car sales up 5.9 percent in March - SMMT
April 5, 2013 / 8:27 AM / 5 years ago

UK car sales up 5.9 percent in March - SMMT

LONDON (Reuters) - New car sales in Britain rose 5.9 percent in March compared with a year earlier, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Friday, adding that full-year numbers could exceed its forecast.

A Mini painted with a Union flag is seen at the car making plant in Oxford, western England July 9, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

New car registrations increased for the 13th month in a row to 394,806 units. They also rose 7.4 percent in the first three months of 2013 compared with the first quarter of 2012.

“Despite ongoing economic concerns, consistent monthly growth in the market is an encouraging sign of returning consumer confidence as motorists are attracted to forecourts by new models and the latest technologies,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive.

Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova

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