Increase in UK car sales slows in July

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More indications that the Brexit vote is depressing customer self-confidence have actually arrived with a brake used to previously flourishing automobile sales.

After a record 2015 and a significant first half of the year, new car registrations increased by simply 0.1% in July, as per the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Industry experts said unpredictability developed by the referendum outcome was among a number of aspects behind a downturn that will send out tremors through Britain’s big and growing automobile production sector.

“After a healthy start to 2016 and record registrations in 2015, the marketplace is revealing to indications of cooling,” stated Mike Hawes, the SMMT’s president.

“The automobile market is an important part of the British economy and it’s important government delivers the financial conditions which instill business and customer confidence.”

An overall of 1,599,159 brand-new cars have been registered up until now this year, putting demand 2.8% greater than for the same period in 2015 following a strong very first quarter.

An overall of 178,523 cars were sold last month, evenly divided in between fuel and diesel models. The Ford Fiesta was the bestselling car, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa and Astra. More than 2.6 million vehicles were sold in 2015.

Mark Fulthorpe, a vehicle market analyst with IHS Markit, stated customers had been spending much more than typical over latest years fueled in part by one-off elements such as PPI insurance payouts.

In some aspects the SMMT figures for July followed a 2016 pattern with lower private registrations balanced out by fleet purchases, which increased by 5%.

Need for additionally sustained automobiles stayed strong, with a quarter more registrations compared with the exact same month during last year.

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