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UK new-car sales rise 3 percent in January

Staff Writer |
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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A total of 174,564 new cars were registered last month in Europe's second largest market, the SMMT said, boosted by a five percent increase in sales to individual consumers.

UK market leader Ford saw registrations rise by 3.3 percent in January. Sales at No. 2 Vauxhall fell by 9 percent, while volume at third-placed Mercedes-Benz rose 7.4 percent. Volkswagen, the No. 4 brand, saw a 7.5 percent rise.

The UK is the latest key European market to report a jump in sales growth. Registrations in Germany, France and Spain grew 11 percent last month, while volume in Italy rose 10 percent.

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