UK car production decrease 4.6% to 106,976 units in August

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On September 28, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that the number of UK car production for August decreased 4.6% over the previous year to 106,976 units. Passenger car production was down 5.3% to 103,232 units and commercial vehicle production was up 17.6% to 3,744 units year over year (y/y). Production of engines was up by 11.9% to 151,141 units.
Vehicle exports down 4.6% (y/y) to 78,743 units and domestic sales decreased 4.9% (y/y) to 28,233 units. The percentage of export was 73.6%.
In the first eight months of 2017, total vehicle production decreased 2.3% (y/y) to 1,160,310 units. The passenger car production was down 1.9% to 1,106,285 units, commercial vehicle was down 9.4% to 54,025 units and engines were up 5.1% to 1,753,335 units.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "It’s common to see fluctuations during the summer months, as output varies according to the timing and duration of holiday factory shutdowns. However, the continuation of the longer term downward trend in domestic demand is a concern for production across the UK so it is vital for the future health of this sector that the current uncertainty around Brexit is removed and consumer and business confidence restored."

(SMMT press releases on September 28, 2017) 1 / 2 / 3

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