July 5, 2018 / 8:35 AM / in a month

UK new car sales drop 3.5 percent in April - industry data

LONDON (Reuters) - British new car registrations fell by an annual 3.5 percent in June, dragged down by a sharp drop in sales of diesel-powered cars, industry figures showed on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Vauxhall cars are seen for sale at a car show room near Vauxhall's plant in Luton, Britain, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 1.3 million new cars had been registered over the first six months of this year — down 6.3 percent compared with the first six months of 2017.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Sarah Young

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