LONDON (Reuters) -- UK new-car registrations jumped by nearly 10 percent in August as buyers took advantage of attractive financing deals, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said in a statement today.
Registrations rose by 9.6 percent to 79,060, the SMMT said.
The rise in August marks the 42nd consecutive month of sales increases in the market.
"August's strong performance has again been driven by attractive finance deals and a diverse range of technologically advanced models," Mike Hawes, SMMT CEO, said. "Britain's budget-conscious buyers are taking advantage of low regular monthly payments that provide certainty and affordability."
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The SMMT has previously said it expects full-year sales to rise nearly 4 percent to 2.57 million.
Sales through August were up 6.7 percent to 1.53 million.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report