“It is positive that new car sales were up in January, with growth recorded in both the private and fleet markets.” 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 0.03% compared to January last year. January sales were boosted by the private market, up 2.3% on January 2011 as well as further growth in the fleet sector.

Sue Robinson continued “The growth in sales last month shows some sign that the market is finally beginning to recover. However the Government still needs to look at schemes that could improve consumer confidence and boost spending to ensure the growth continues. This is a message we relayed at our recent MP and ministerial meetings.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

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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.