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Late Easter pulls down UK car output by 18 percent in April

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British car production fell 18.2 percent in April from a year earlier as the number of manufacturing days in the month was reduced by a later Easter break, an industry body said.

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Car output fell to 122,116 cars but was still up 1 percent in the first four months of the year at its highest level since 2000, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

"Car production fell significantly in April due to the later Easter bank holiday weekend, which reduced the number of active production days that month, and also due to unplanned production adjustments," SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said.

The Easter break was at the end of March in 2016.

There was strike action at BMW's Mini plant in central England - which accounts for just over 10 percent of total industry output - on two days in April.

The SMMT also called on politicians ahead of a national election due on June 8 to support the country's car manufacturing industry during upcoming talks over Britain's departure from the European Union.

"We need the next government to safeguard the conditions that have made us globally competitive, keeping us open and trading and delivering an ambitious industrial strategy for our sector," Hawes said.

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