“It is positive that new car sales were up in February for the twelfth month in a row.” said Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s new car registration figures.
New car sales figures, released today, show month on month sales were up 7.9% compared to February 2012. Fleet registrations decreased by 4.4% last month whilst private registrations increased by 28.9%.
Robinson continued “In previous years February has tended to report a low market in unit numbers, particularly in retail sales, as consumers wait for the plate change on the 1 March. Therefore it is encouraging that February experienced such increased sales with the market supported by strong manufacturer deals and offers that are encouraging consumers to buy.
“We expect market growth to continue at a similar level during March with dealers already reporting boosted sales. There continues to be a strong demand from consumers.”
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