LONDON (Reuters) – British new car registrations rose by an annual 28% in June compared to the same month last year, when some dealerships were closed for much of the month due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A total of 186,128 new cars were registered, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which said the level remained down on the 10-year average for June.
In 2020, dealerships reopened their doors to customers on June 1 in England, June 8 in Northern Ireland, June 22 in Wales and June 29 in Scotland.
A lack of semi-conductor chips was also affecting volumes, the SMMT said.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas, editing by David Milliken)