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New car sales hit 10 year high in March

Sales of new cars rose at their fastest pace for a decade, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said.

07 April 2014
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There were 464,824 new car registrations, a rise of 17.7% on a year earlier.

The sales figure was also the second-highest on record since the introduction of twice-yearly car registrations in 1999.

In the three months to March car sales rose 13.7% to 688,122, the SMMT added.

March is typically the busiest month in the year - accounting for almost a fifth of all car sales annually.

The month also saw the biggest-ever rise in sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, with sales soaring 63.8% compared with a year earlier, to 8,713.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26880945

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