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New car sales continue to rise
The motor industry has performed better than expected in the first half of the year, figures suggest
New car sales rose again last month, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show.
There were 189,514 new registrations in June 2012 - a 3.49% increase on the June 2011 total.
Last month's purchases took year-so-far sales to 1,057,680 - a 2.72% rise on January-June 2011.
Private sales did well last month, rising 9.8% compared with June 2011, and are up 8.7% for the first half of this year.
Total new car sales for the April-June 2012 period have risen 4.8% and the SMMT reckons year-end sales will reach 1.95 million - just ahead of last year's 1.94 million total.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Despite domestic and international economic concerns, UK motorists are responding positively to new products and the latest fuel-efficient technology.
"The industry has performed better than expected in the first half of the year and we will now need to work hard to sustain growth."
There was a 47.8% rise in sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles last month, while diesel sales also rose and have accounted for 51.2% of total sales in the first half of 2012.
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