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U.K. Car Sales Lag Major European Markets Ahead of Brexit

  • SMMT lobby says consumer confidence is being undermined
  • French, German car registrations had double-digit growth
On the forecourt of a main motor car dealer in Brislington

On the forecourt of a main motor car dealer in Brislington

Photographer: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe
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U.K. car sales lagged other major European markets in September as consumers hold back on purchases due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Last month’s 1.3% increase, driven by fleet demand rather than consumers, fell short of predictions, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders lobby group said Friday. France and Germany posted 17% and 22% growth. Year-to-date registrations in the U.K. fell 2.5%.