Bentley sees drop in sales
UK SALES at luxury car-maker Bentley dropped last month, according to new figures.
The Crewe-based firm sold 92 cars in the UK in April, down 17 per cent from 111 during the same month last year.
But the data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed year-to-date sales reached 421, up 15.7 per cent from 364 during the same period in 2011.
Bentley employs just under 4,000 people at its Pyms Lane headquarters. It revealed last month that global sales rose by almost 50 per cent during the first quarter of 2012.
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A spokesman said: "Bentley continues to see significant global growth with sales up 43 per cent in the year to date. In the UK, while sales are slightly down on April 2011 as customers await delivery of our new V8 in May, we remain 15.7 per cent up in terms of sales in the year to date and expect the arrival of the V8 to drive further growth."
Total UK car sales increased by 3.3 per cent last month to reach 142,322 – the biggest rise so far this year.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "A strong April new car market has raised confidence across the UK motor industry with registrations rising 3.3 per cent. We are seeing a steady increase in consumer confidence with growth in private demand, boosted by the arrival ofnew products. SMMT has increased its full year forecast to 1.95 million units, putting the market marginally ahead of 2011."