August was another strong month for Britain’s car market, with sales of new cars moving closer to pre-recession levels in what is usually a quiet month before the plate change in September.
The number of new cars registered last month rose 10.9% to 65,937 compared with a year earlier, as consumers continued to snap up deals.
It marked the 18 successive monthly rise in new car sales and pushed year-to-date sales to 1.39m vehicles, 10.4% higher than a year ago. By the same point in 2007, before the financial crisis hit, 1.52m new cars had been sold.
Private purchases were the biggest drivers of growth, but fleet and business purchases also rose in August.
via The Guardian
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