UK car sales jump 7.9% in May

Stat of the day: 7.9%. The number of new car sales in the UK rose 7.9% last month compared with May 2011.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

More than 162,000 cars were sold in the month according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The is the largest increase the sector has seen in almost two years, and the SMMT says such a big rise is largely attributable to a jump in private sales of about 14.3%. 

Interestingly, there was notable growth in the sales of low and zero-emissions vehicles. Hybrid petrol-electric cars, electric-only cars and long-range cars saw a massive increase in popularity, rising 32% year on year in May. 

If only such positive figures could extend to other sectors, we might just be able to drive our way out of this double-dip recession…

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