“Although it is positive to see a rise in fleet car sales volumes, there is still great cause for concern in the retail car market.” 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 down just 0.8% compared to September last year. Year to date sales are down 5% on a year ago. While growth in fleet volumes supported the market, private registrations were down 9.3%.

Sue Robinson continued “Consumers are still experiencing rising household expenses and diminishing disposable income. Those that do have access to disposable income are still nervous about purchasing big ticket items. Instead they are putting off larger purchases until there are signs that the economy has begun to recover. The Government needs to look at schemes that could improve consumer confidence and boost spending, a message that we gave to all political parties at the recent party conferences.”


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.