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British Car Production Rises 9.3% In April: SMMT

5/17/2012 5:48 AM ET

Car production in the United Kingdom increased from last year in April, helped by strong demand in the export market, data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed Thursday.

Car production increased 9.3 percent year-on-year to 94,352 units in April. Production of cars meant for the overseas market grew 9.9 percent annually, while that for the domestic market advanced 5.8 percent.

In the January-April period, total car production increased 11.8 percent from the same period last year, with a 10.1 percent growth in the export market and a 20.1 percent gain in the domestic market.

The number of commercial vehicles produced during the month rose 3.2 percent annually, while overall vehicle production advanced 8.8 percent. At the same time, production of engines in the U.K increased 1.2 percent on an annual basis to 192,408 units in April, data showed.

"Sustained investment is delivering desirable products to markets around the world and efforts by employees, trades unions and government are helping ensure the UK remains one of the most competitive locations for global automotive companies," SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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