New car sales continue to increase

New car sales continued to increase in April, despite the Government's car-scrappage scheme coming to an end, it has been announced.

Sales rose for the 10th consecutive month as a total of 148,793 new vehicles were registered during April, an 11.5% increase on the figure from April last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

The Government scrappage scheme ended last month, but accounted for just 8% of sales in April. The improved statistics have led the SMMT to increase its expected year-end total registration figure for the calendar year to 1.92 million.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "As our new government establishes itself, the priority must be sustaining and strengthening the economic recovery with particular focus on encouraging the availability of more and better-priced finance for businesses and consumers.

"April was another good month for the UK motor industry with private buyers responding positively, despite the end of the scrappage scheme. However, there are still difficult months ahead."

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