U.K. new-car sales fell for the ninth-straight month in March, down 7.9% to 366,101 units. However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the result bested expectations and was up 5.9% if year-ago scrappage volumes are taken out of the total. Sales in the first-quarter slid 8.7% to 558,336, but the SMMT says this was more than 11,000 units ahead of expectations. “The market is expected to decline further in Q2, before stabilizing and recovering in the second-half of the ...

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