The headline figure for March registrations might be one of overall growth, with the total up 11.5% over the same month in 2020, but the retail element within that total was down by 4.1%. And the...

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Lockdown has seen another poor month for registrations, depressing the market ahead of the crucial March plate-change. Retail registrations were down 37.3% in February compared with the same month...

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Fears remain for levels of new car registrations, with many keeping a watchful eye on the plate change month in March which looks set to be impacted by Covid to an even greater extent this year than...

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The impact of the January lockdown was laid bare by the month’s figures for new car registrations, with big falls across the board compared with the same month last year. Retail registrations were...

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With the challenging business conditions, retailers remain concerned about new car sales over the next six months, and more now believe we will see increased forced registrations to make up the...

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There are growing concerns within the industry that if the current lockdown across the UK continues into March there will be a marked impact on 2021. Even as the Covid vaccines are being rolled out,...

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The publication of the December registrations figures brought full clarity to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the 2020 new car market, which dropped to 1.63 million, down 29.4% on 2019. Retail...

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Retail registrations rose a modest 0.4% in October, but retailers will surely have been hoping for more given that October 2019 was itself a weak month. The market wasn’t helped by the...

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Pent up demand through the summer plus three months worth of PCP contracts that had expired saw a buoyant market through July and August, but perhaps not a representation of the true market, and the...

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Commentators are bemoaning the weakest ever ‘new plate’ September following a 4.4% drop in new car registrations, but the true picture is rarely as simplistic as the headlines. It should be noted...

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The headline figures for registrations in August might on the surface look disappointing, with the month finishing 5.8% down compared with 2019. But the retail element of those registrations was down...

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Retail registrations rose over 20% in July compared with the same month last year, bringing welcome relief to retailers after June’s tentative restart. Fleet registrations were also up, by a more...

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A tentative restart for the UK’s new car market saw June yield 145,377 registrations, equating to a 34.9% decline compared with the same month last year. June may have represented the first full...

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The fall in new car registrations of some 97% in April is dramatic, but certainly unsurprising, and any comparative data for the month is largely meaningless. Of more concern is what the sector’s...

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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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With the UK in lockdown, new car registrations in March fell 44.1%, sharp declines being felt equally across both the private and fleet sectors. Commentators pointed to a month of two halves, with the...

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A second successive poor month for retail new vehicle registrations has seen the market fall way significantly in the first two months of the year. Following a fall of 13.9% in January, retail...

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In a poor start the year, UK retail registrations fell by 13.9% in January, with fleet also down, dropping 2.2%. Those figures left overall registrations down 7.3% compared with the same month in 2019...

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UK new LCV registrations returned to growth in December, following three months of decline, according to the latest figures released by the SMMT. The market grew 7.8% in December as the impact of...

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December’s new car registrations saw an uplift on the same month in 2018, driven largely by gains of 7.3% in fleet. With the retail market flat and business registrations declining 20.5%, the result...

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