Morgan retailers fear that the company might be trying to push them aside and reduce their numbers so that it can pursue direct sales. Already a number of retailers have ceased trading as a result of...

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March is a vital month for UK motor retail. With the launch of the new registration plate it is the top month of the year, both in terms of retailer turnover and profitability. Over the past two...

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Traditionally February produces the largest losses for UK motor retailers and, unless we have a crash later in the year, 2019 looks like being no different. The average dealership lost £19,600 during...

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Brexit, a global slowdown, and confusion over fuel type have caused 2.4 million drivers to think twice about buying a brand-new car. The findings from a new report published by Close Brothers Motor...

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A busy March saw a number of retailers reporting their results, turning in some very different performances in a more difficult market. First came Vertu with its preliminary results to 31 January...

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A second consecutive month of retail growth in vehicle registrations saw overall registrations increase by 1.4% in February, with retail registrations up 4.3% and business growth of 23.4% overcoming a...

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Manufacturer-retailer relationships have improved again with a second consecutive uplift in overall satisfaction scores, according to the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey. From the record low of 5.3...

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As the first month of the year, it is always tempting to try to draw conclusions over the remainder of the year from the performance delivered in January. This is normally a challenge in the retail...

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2018 has certainly been a year when the UK motor sector has had to cope with a significant amount of change and disruption. At the start of the year all we had really to deal with was a set of...

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US car and light truck sales are expected to drop back to around 16.8 million units in 2019, after four consecutive years over the 17 million mark, according to Patrick Manzi, senior economist with...

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Facebook’s classified sales platform, Marketplace, continues to grow its share of the US market and estimates suggest more than 50% of auto retailers are now using the service, which only launched...

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The supply issues created by the new WLTP regulations are still weighing heavily on retailers, with many expecting ongoing problems well into the first half of 2019. Combined with the economic...

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November is traditionally a really tough month for UK motor retailers. This was particularly the case in 2017 when retailers posted their largest average loss to date at over £18,000 for the month....

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The average UK motor retailer produced a strong result in October with a profit of just over £6,000. This compares favourably to the prior year, where we saw a small loss, which is more typical of a...

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As soon as the impact of WLTP was understood retailer performance was always going to be down in 2018 on the level we would normally see for September. Even if the demand had been there, there simply...

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Registrations of new vehicles plunged by more than 20% in September, under what are described as exceptional circumstances as supply issues bite. In particular, new emissions regulations have been...

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The average UK retailer earned a good level of profitability for June, closing out what proved to be a positive quarter. Prior to Q2 of 2018, retailers were battling against very strong comparatives...

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As the SMMT noted in August UK new car sales stabilised, rising 1.2% on the same period in 2017 with 163,898 new vehicles registered in the month. Interestingly, the SMMT reported the “used car...

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The average UK motor retailer produced a steady start to the third quarter of 2018, recording a marginal loss for the month of £1,600. While this represents a step backwards from 2015 and prior,...

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While new car and used car sales are increasingly cited as pressing issues among retailers for the next six months, it is the issues created by the new WLTP regulations that are causing real...

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