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Third month of growth for bus and coach registrations

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 09:00

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GROWTH: Bus market recovering

Bus and coach registrations grew for the third consecutive month in October as the market displayed further signs of recovery.

Up 13.2% to 550 units last month, the figures – released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – also showed registrations are down 11% for year-to-date.

The purpose-built sector grew 12.2% in the month, but remains down 6.6% over the year so far.

Meanwhile, the thriving purpose-built coach sector enjoyed another fine performance, up 25.6% in the month and 15.7% for the year-to-date.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT, said: “The bus and coach market saw registrations rise 13.2% in October, the third consecutive month of growth.

“This recent market strength follows a slow start to the year, with registrations lower than 2012 given the Olympics boost to last year’s figures.

“While registrations for 2013 are still down 11% overall, we are encouraged by the recovery rate and the ongoing uptake of cleaner and more efficient vehicles.”

Image courtesy of Remi  Longva, with thanks.

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