New car sales rise for 10th consecutive month

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New car sales rose in April 2010 for a 10th successive month, it was announced today.

A total of 148,793 new vehicles were registered last month, an 11.5% rise on the April 2009 figure, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Just 8% of last month's figure was down to the Government's car-scrappage scheme, which has now finished.

Strong early-year sales have prompted the SMMT to revise upwards its year-end total registration figure for 2010 to 1.92 million.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "As our new government establishes itself, the priority must be sustaining and strengthening the economic recovery with particular focus on encouraging the availability of more and better-priced finance for businesses and consumers.

"April was another good month for the UK motor industry with private buyers responding positively, despite the end of the scrappage scheme. However, there are still difficult months ahead."