UK car sales continue to slide for 12th month in June news
07 July 2011

The UK automobile industry continues to struggle and throws up no surprises as new car sales fell 6.2 per cent in June for the twelfth month in a row.

The UK automobile the trade body, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) yesterday said that the result continues the trend of recent months and is expected.

There were 183,125 new registrations in June, while registrations for the first six months of 2011 were 1,029,638, down 7.1 per cent on January-June 2010 period.

However, the SMMT said that it believes the 2011 year-end total will be around 1.93 million, compared with 2.03 million in 2010 and the industry is on track to meet its full year forecast of 1.93 million units.

"June new car registrations continued to perform in line with industry expectations, with robust demand in the fleet sector and a relatively weak retail market,'' said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

"Slow, but steady, economic growth in the second half of the year should see volumes increase, although the overall market is still expected to be around 1.93 million units," he added.

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UK car sales continue to slide for 12th month in June