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UK new car sales decline slows but October still down 3%

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Staff Writer | November 5, 2018
The fall in UK new car registrations continued in October, although at a slower rate, than the sharp decrease seen in September, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Monday.
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Britain   October sales were 2.9% lower year on year
October sales were 2.9% lower year on year at 153,599 vehicles. This was markedly better than the 20.5% annual fall in September.

Year to date sales were down 7.2% 2.06m. Hybrid and plug-in registrations were up 30.7% but the SMMT warned that government cuts to "plug in" grants could stymie growth.

Emissions testing backlogs were still causing shortages across some brands, the SMMT added.

"Vehicle excise duty upheaval, regulatory changes and confusion over diesel have all made their mark on the market this year," SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said.