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British car sales hit six-year high in 2013: Trade data

Published on Jan 7, 2014 5:46 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Sales of new cars in Britain accelerated last year to the highest level since 2007, industry data showed on Tuesday, as the nation's economic recovery also picks up speed.

Nearly 2.265 million new cars were registered in 2013, compared with 2.045 in 2012, industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said in a statement.

That marked a gain of 10.8 per cent, which marked the largest annual percentage increase since 2007.

"With its best year since a pre-recession 2007, the UK new car market has helped stimulate the country's economic recovery," said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

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