UK new car sales 29% below pre-pandemic level in 2021 – SMMT

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By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) – New car registrations in Britain last year grew slightly from 2020 but were still far below pre-pandemic levels, reflecting a shortage of semiconductors as well as the direct impact of the pandemic, the industry said on Thursday. Some 1.65 million new cars were registered in Britain in 2021, 1.0% more than in 2020 but 28.7% fewer than in 2019, according to preliminary figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Sales in December alone were 18.2% below those of December 2020, with 108,596 new cars registered. “It’s been another desper…

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