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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  VAT BREXIT WARNING FROM NI RETAILERS KNIGHTS FOUNDER JOINS WILLIAM MORGAN DARREN GUIVER INVESTS IN MONEYSHAKE NEW CAR SALES SLUMP; 2021 FORECAST TO BE CUT FRENCH SALES DOWN 12% DESPITE...

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England’s new Tier 4 restrictions have been descried as “another blow to Covid-secure auto retail” by SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes, who added with frustration: “But you can still buy your...

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With online sales processes and ‘click and collect’ services firmly in place following the first lockdown period, retailers will surely have been hoping for a less impactful second lockdown. But...

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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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Robert Forrester, Daksh Gupta, Mike Hawes and Sue Robinson have all criticised the lockdown measures to be introduced on Thursday 5 November, which sees auto retailer showrooms forced to close. Mr...

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  AUTO INDUSTRY SLAMS LOCKDOWN DECISION LLOYD PROFIT FALLS 24% IGA SHORTLISTED FOR COVID CHAMPION AWARD AUTO RETAIL LIVE TO DISCUSS LOCKDOWN FRENCH RETAILER LOCKDOWN BLOW GROUP 1’S HESTERBERG:...

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  EC CONSULTS ON BLOCK EXEMPTION RULES COMPLEXITY SLOWING VOLVO ONLINE SALES, SAYS MD LOOKERS TO SELL OFF WEST LONDON SKODA SMMT URGES UK EU TRADE TALKS CINCH CHANGES FOCUS US DMS CEO IN...

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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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The used car market figures don’t look good, but there is always more to the situation than one alarming statistic According to the SMMT, the UK’s used car market declined by 48.9% in Q2, falling...

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  HEADLINE SPEAKERS WILL HELP YOU MEET 70-PLATE TARGETS WELSH SYTNER BMW MINI CLOSES STONEACRE TARGETS DISUSED LAND FOR VOLVO SITE VIDEO ‘TREBLES CONVERSION’ WORLD NEWS – US sales...

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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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An 89% fall in new car registrations in May is no surprise given that retailers’ doors were closed throughout the month, and they were only latterly allowed to begin sales using click and collect...

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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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Leading franchised retailers are thought to be among businesses consulted by the Department for Business over the Government’s lockdown exit strategy which is expected to be revealed later this...

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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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  FURLOUGH TO INCLUDE COMMISSION SECURITY WARNING FOR RETAILERS KEY WORKER GARAGE-FINDER LAUNCHED CUSTOMERS STILL WANT TO BUY CORONAVIRUS: AUTO INDUSTRY ROUND-UP US RETAILERS FURLOUGH, CUT...

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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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