VW Group to drive an effective business case for Seat retailers

Luca de Meo, Seat’s charismatic president, who professes to be a lucky guy in the right place at the right time with the right company, has nominated an increasingly profitable European retail network as a priority during an unprecedented product offensive, including two higher margin SUVs, over the next 18 months.

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Future staffing in auto retail

Retailers need to listen to their younger employees if they want to better retain staff and understand customers in the future. That was the core message from the recent ‘Preparing your people for the future’ conference held by automotive executive search firm Ennis & Co.

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Dark clouds of uncertainty threaten retail

The health of the UK retail sector is expected to dip in Q2 2016, as retailers bear the brunt of soaring costs. The National Living Wage, a weak sterling, continued investment in channel shifts and rising petrol prices are expected to significantly outweigh improving consumer demand.

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PCP risk bubbles up

The annual conference for the Vehicle Remarketing Association, held last week, provided a great melting pot for views on the state of the used car market and many delegates were keen to ask if the used car market was facing a crash. 

Agenda 22 May 2016

Retail registrations drop 2.5% in April

The mid-month worries of a horrendous retail sales picture for April weren’t realised, and in the end a 2.5% drop in retail sales might actually be something of a relief, with Auto Retail Bulletin sources having at point feared a much worse outcome. Further, a rise in fleet sales of 6.1% meant the month finished 2.0% up overall.

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New reg figures rally but are tough days ahead?

There’s good news and some not so good news regarding April’s new car registration figures. First the good: fleet and business sector sales are up 6.1 percent and 2.8 percent respectively. The not so good? Private sales fell by a not inconsiderable 2.5 percent. The overall market gain was a not-to-be-sniffed-at 2.0 percent, though.

Are retailers ready to embrace technology for customer interaction?

As online searches for information have steadily replaced visits to the retailers’ premises, so the importance of the quality of information, the accessibility of information and the speed of response have increased. And with searches being conducted and enquiries made potentially at any time of day, retailers are increasingly aware that, in a very practical sense online, their businesses are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

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Retail sales volume grows, but prices are down 2.5%

The UK retail industry grew year-on-year for the 34th consecutive month in February, with quantity bought increasing by 3.8% compared with February 2015. And the underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 27th month, increasing by 0.8%.

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Retail sales volume grows, but prices are down 2.5%

The UK retail industry grew year-on-year for the 34th consecutive month in February, with quantity bought increasing by 3.8% compared with February 2015. And the underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 27th month, increasing by 0.8%.

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