Van sales rise proves short-lived
Registrations in June were down 2.5 per cent, reversing May’s 6.7 per cent gain which had been the first in 2012.
The June figure was 22,287 units. The rolling-year figure has also slipped from plus 0.4 per cent to minus 0.9 per cent, while the most concerning figure was year-to-date, sliding 10.1 per cent and reflecting the strength of the 2011 market.
According to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive Paul Everitt the commercial vehicle market has stabilised in June, after a changeable few months. However this id due to strong truck volumes.
“The trend for the commercial vehicle market is generally stable, but it is far from settled and is likely to follow the course of the UK and European economy in the second half of the year,” Everitt says.
The only sector of the van market to rise was the one recording its largest volumes, the 2.5-3.5-tonne segment. This was up 8.1 per cent to 13,323 units.
The second highest volume segment, sub 2-tonne vans, saw the steepest slide, down 22.3 per cent to 3,786 units.
Words by: Andrew Charman