“It is extremely encouraging that new car sales continued to improve in July with year-to-date growth now at 10.3%” said Sue Robinson, Director of the 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 12.7% compared to July last year. Private registrations increased by 11.9%.
Robinson continued “Consumer confidence continues to grow with the British Retail Consortium reporting an increase in high street retail sales of 2.2% during July.
“Dealers are reporting increased footfall in showrooms as consumers are drawn in by new products and services offered by dealers and manufacturers. With such strong manufacturer and finance offers currently available dealers are reporting that it is proving much easier to close a sale. However competitive pricing and strong incentives remain important if the sales trend is to continue throughout 2013.”
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