New-car sales in the important registration plate change month of September exceed expectations, rising 8.2% to 359,612 units. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the result was more than 26,000 units above what it had forecast. September is the second-busiest month for car sales, averaging about 18% of the annual market, second only to March. The result took the 9-month total up 4.3% to 1,620,609 units. In a sign of the country’s current economic difficulties, ...

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