LONDON (Reuters) -- UK new-car registrations increased by 5.1 percent to 185,778 in April, the highest sales figure for the month in a decade, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) industry association said today.
The SMMT forecast that full-year sales will rise nearly 4 percent to 2.57 million, boosted by cheap credit and strong consumer confidence.
Four-month UK sales were up 6.4 percent to 920,366 cars.
"We are confident that the UK’s new car market – so symbolic of economic mood – will continue to thrive, but long-term success will depend largely on economic and political stability in the months and years ahead," said SMMT chief Mike Hawes in a statement.
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The UK joins other major European markets in reporting higher April registrations. Sales in Germany rose 6.3 percent, while French sales were up 2.3 percent. Italy’s registrations increased by 25 percent and in Spain sales rose 3.2 percent.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report