U.K. new-car sales slid 13.2% in July to 136,446 units, ending 12-straight months of gains. Bucking the overall trend, deliveries of diesel-powered light vehicles rose 11.8% to 69,006 units, giving the segment a record 50.6% market share, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says. Sales of alternative-fuels vehicles surged 52.6% to 1,878 units for a record 1.4% share. “A drop in private registrations compared with the scrappage-fueled months of 2009 was expected and has ...

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