The impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s automotive industry has been rapid and severe. Multiple OEMs have closed production sites, dealerships have been forced to close doors, and many import and...

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In all my working career a month has never been such a long time. Given the disruption which was to come, the end of February seems a very long time ago. And looking back to that time the first...

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The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on UK new car registrations has emerged from the latest data, highlighting that after a positive start to March, the final week saw an 82% drop in levels...

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There is certainly going to be a lot of change as we go through 2020. We are going to see a huge amount of electric and hybrid product hit the market, which retailers are increasingly going to be...

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2019 was undoubtedly a tough year for UK motor retailing. The industry is going through a number of seismic changes as customers change what cars they are going to buy, how they buy them and...

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As we look ahead into the prospects for 2020 and beyond for the dealers, the near-term economic environment has got no clearer ahead of the UK General Election on 12 December. Never have the manifesto...

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It would be very easy, given the negative press around at the moment and the profit warnings issued by some of the listed motor retailers, to assume that the sector was having a pretty dreadful time...

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After the tough profit performance for the month of August it was great to see UK motor retailers produce a comparatively healthy result for the month of September. The average retailer made a profit...

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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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