New car sales creep ahead as plate swap month nears

New car sales across the UK grew by 3.3 per cent in August compared with the same month last year, according to new industry figures.

Some 81,640 cars were registered last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said, with Ford’s Fiesta retaining its position at the top of the sales chart.

Growth was driven by the fleet sector, which saw a 7.7 per cent rise. Private registrations fell by 0.2 per cent. Some 1.68 million cars have been registered in 2016 so far, up 2.8 per cent on the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “August is traditionally one of the quietest months as consumers look ahead to the September plate change, so growth, albeit small, is good news.”

Bosses said a decline of just over 3 per cent last month in Scotland was not as poor as had been feared. The figures north of the Border have been flagging the UK-wide result for some time now. September is said to be “looking strong” in Scotland with good deliveries made to date. is the online edition of Scotland's favourite newspapers, that brings you your Daily news. Every day we bring you the best in Scottish news, sport, entertainment and opinion, including breaking news, picture galleries, videos and live blogs.

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