ENGLAND is the only part of the United Kingdom that showed an increase in new car registrations in July, according to today’s figures from the SMMT.
Notable monthly falls of around eight per cent compared to July 2015 in Scotland and Northern Ireland are almost entirely offset by a strong performance in England.
An increase of 1,900, or 1.23 per cent, helps the overall total (less the figures from the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) to a modest 0.1 per cent increase compared to the same month last year at 178,002.
The year-to-date increase is more substantial at around three per cent, with 1,594,509 registrations – up 44,760 – but again, it’s the 56,100 increase from England that keeps the number in growth.
New registrations in Scotland were down from 13,566 in July 2015 to 12,471 in July 2016, a fall of 8.07 per cent, with a similar fall in Northern Ireland’s monthly registration figures from 4,226 to 3,899, or 7.74 per cent.
There was far less variation in the year-to-date figures which, aside from England’s 3.47 per cent increase, remained broadly stable.
Northern Ireland’s registrations increased by 233, or 0.62 per cent and those in Wales fell by 100, or 0.18 per cent. Scotland saw a small decrease too, with a 1.13 per cent decrease from 130,029 to 128,556 registrations.
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