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Car sales in the UK fell 35 per cent in June from a year earlier, the lowest drop since February
Jul 7,2020 08:04CST
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SMM: according to reports, data released by the British Automobile Manufacturers and traders Association (SMMT) showed that in June, new car sales in the UK reached 145377, down 35% from the same period last year, narrowing the decline than before. UK car sales fell 44 per cent in March from a year earlier, plunged 97 per cent in April and 89 per cent in May. SMMT also said UK car sales fell nearly 50 per cent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year.

At present, not all British car factories have reopened and many are reducing production as many carmakers try to balance supply and demand. In addition, although car dealerships in England reopened on June 1, car dealers in Wales and Scotland had to wait until June 22 and June 29 to restart operations.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of SMMT, said: "car sales in the UK in June do not mean that the auto industry has recovered, but just restarted." In fact, most car deliveries in June are orders placed by consumers before the epidemic, and consumers are still cautious about buying cars and other large expenses. "

By contrast, new car sales fell 40 per cent in Germany in June from a year earlier, 37 per cent in Spain and 23 per cent in Italy. It can be seen that the decline in car sales in most countries in June was narrower than in previous months, but the overall decline was still in the shadow of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. It is worth mentioning that French sales rose 1.2 per cent in June.

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