UK motor industry in rude health

Car production in the UK has risen almost 2 per cent in the past year. Picture: PA
Car production in the UK has risen almost 2 per cent in the past year. Picture: PA
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Car production motored ahead last month, in a further boost for Britain’s recovering manufacturing sector.

A total of 128,873 cars were made in the UK in July – up 7 per cent on the same month last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

Last month’s total took the year-so-far figure to 893,263 – a 1.9 per cent increase on January-July last year.

SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton said: “We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year.”

The figures came just a day after a key CBI survey noted that manufacturing output growth had accelerated to its fastest pace in two years.

SCOTT REID