“It is encouraging that new truck and van sales increased in May with the overall market up 10% in comparison to the same month last year” said Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercial vehicle and franchised car retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s van and truck registration figures. Robinson continued “Van sales improved in May, for the first time in 2012, up 6.7%. “The sector recording the largest boost in sales is the small vans up to 2tons, up 11.6%. A good proportion of these vans are sold as private vehicles or to small businesses and the self employed indicating growth in confidence amongst this market. “The truck market continued to perform well in May, up 31.5% with growth in all most all sectors. “The sector recording the greatest improvement in May is the small 3.5 to 6ton trucks, up a massive 113%. A large proportion of these vehicles are purchased by local authorities whose financial year ends in April. This often results in all their new vehicles being registered in May. “The sector recording the steadiest improvement in 2012 is the rigid chassis trucks over 16ton, up 60.7% in May and up 53.7% year to date. This indicates continued confidence in the industries that use this type of vehicle, namely the construction and distribution industries.” ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS: Keely Scanlan, Press Officer Tel: 020 7307 3410 Mob: 07825097697 Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422 Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406 Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: keely.scanlan@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.