Bentley sales figures rise by a quarter
LUXURY car-maker Bentley enjoyed a near 25 per cent increase in UK sales last month, according to new figures.
Latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows the Crewe-based firm sold 137 cars in the UK in May, up 24.6 per cent from 110 during the same month last year.
So far this year it has sold 558 cars, up 17.7 per cent from 474 during the same period in 2011.
Bentley employs just under 4,000 people at its Pyms Lane base.
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Geoff Dowding, regional director for the UK, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, said: "The company is delighted with the strong growth achieved during 2012. Bentley has invested strongly in our products and the reaction to cars like the new Continental GT and GTC 4 litre V8 has been extremely positive."
Total UK car sales rose by 7.9 per cent last month to reach 162,288 – the biggest increase in almost two years.
So far this year new registrations are up by 2.6 per cent to 868,166 units. SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "May's increase is good news for the motor industry and the UK economy, particularly the steady growth in demand from private buyers.
"The consistent climb in new car registrations during the first five months of the year suggests that confidence is returning, despite uncertainty in the Eurozone."