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Ford is making a return to the multi-make fast fit business by trialing a new operation in the UK with a view to rolling it out to the network at the end of the year.
Lookers has delivered a fifth successive year of profit growth as it declares financial results for 2013. The multi-franchise retail and parts operator said group turnover was up by 19.4% to £2.46bn with strong growth from new and used cars.
Members of the National Franchise Dealers Association have named Land Rover as the ‘most-valuable’ franchise to hold in their bi-annual Attitude Survey. The brand has been top of the ratings for two years now.
Will 2014 bring another year of sustained sales growth for UK retailers? While a year-on-year upturn on January’s sales of almost 8% bodes well, there are fears in some quarters that a revival in sales on the European mainland could affect the UK’s adversely.
I could just have easily titled this blog ‘Light blue touch-paper and stand well back’, because I suspect what I’m about to say won’t go down well in all quarters. But here goes.