Car sales see national boost

Craig Hamer of Dews Garages, Halifax'for Close-Up
Craig Hamer of Dews Garages, Halifax'for Close-Up

Almost 430,000 new cars were sold last month, the biggest September total in a decade, new figures have shown.

Sales reached 425,861, which is 5.6 per cent up on the same time last year and represented the 31st consecutive monthly increase, reported the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Almost two million new cars have been sold so far this year - 9.1 per cent up on the same period last year, showing the continued success of the British motor industry. September is usually a busy month for car sales because of the new registration plate.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “September’s strong performance underlined the continuing robustness of the UK new car market, particularly in the context of last September’s bumper volumes.

“Demand for the new 64-plate has been boosted by intensifying confidence in the UK economy, with consumers attracted by a wide range of exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient, new cars.

“In the months since March - which saw an 18% jump in registrations - the growth has shown signs of levelling off as the market starts to find its natural running rate.”