UK new car sales post smaller slump

7 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

LONDON: British new car registrations fell by an annual 35 percent in June, the smallest drop since February, as many dealerships reopened after coronavirus lockdown measures were lifted.

A total of 145,377 new cars were registered in June, leaving year-to-date figures down by nearly a half, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), report agencies.

Demand fell 44 percent in March, 97 percent in April and 89 percent in May.

Not all British car factories have reopened and many are operating at reduced capacity as manufacturers try to balance demand and supply, facing similar challenges to competitors abroad.

While car showrooms were allowed to reopen from June 1 in England, dealers in Wales and Scotland had to wait until June 22 and June 29 respectively.