UK new car sales slump in February amid COVID-19 hit

Car dealers have been using online, delivery and click and collect services to continue to operate

  
Customers are seen looking at cars at Cargiant, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 1, 2020.

Customers are seen looking at cars at Cargiant, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 1, 2020.

REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON - British new car registrations fell by roughly 36% year-on-year in February, according to preliminary data from an industry body, as lockdown measures forced showrooms to close their doors to the public.

Volumes were at their lowest level for a February since 1959, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Car dealers have been using online, delivery and click and collect services to continue to operate.

The SMMT will publish final figures for the month at 0900GMT on Thursday.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Alistair Smout) ((Costas.Pitas@thomsonreuters.com; 0207 513 4700; Reuters Messaging: costas.pitas.thomsonreuters@reuters.net and @Cpitas on Twitter))

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