Making a Vertu out of car sales acquisitions

Vertu Motors, the Aim-quoted car dealership with a growing presence in Scotland under the Macklin brand, is to continue down the acquisition road after flagging market-beating annual results.

The group - launched as a cash shell in December 2006 and now the eighth largest UK motor retailer - said trading had remained strong during the five months to the end of January with sales and pre-exceptional operating profits ahead of target.

Private new car sales volumes were down by 6.1 per cent on a like-for-like basis, but that compares with a 26 per cent market fall over the period, largely due to the ending of the car scrappage scheme. The volume of used cars sold jumped 9.6 per cent.

Vertu said: "The group remains in a strong position to undertake further consolidation activity, with a net cash position, a strong balance sheet and increased bank facilities"

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