New car sales rise 2.6% in October

11th November 2011

Sales of new cars in the UK rose last month, according to new research.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published its latest report on car sales which showed that a total of 134,944 new cars were registered in October, a rise of 2.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Sales last month were nearly seven per cent ahead of forecasts made by the industry body, with full-year sales likely to reach just over 1.92 million units.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt expressed his delight at the figures in light of the uncertain economic climate.

He said: "Vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks are working hard to offer consumers value for money through improved fuel efficiency, low running costs and innovative finance.

"We expect market conditions to remain challenging and hope the chancellor's autumn statement later this month will help to boost economic growth and consumer confidence."

More motorists will be driving on small tyres this month as registrations of supermini cars rose 17.4 per cent in October. 

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