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Britons splashed out on more new motors in August than a year earlier, in another sign of growing consumer confidence.

GDP figures to keep UK on roll

Run of upbeat economic news could be continued by surprise revision on growth

Anthony Hilton: Car sales kickstarted by compensation payments

The motor industry said on Thursday that it had sold well over 1 million new cars in the first half of the year, and that overall sales are up on last year by more than 10%.

New car sales leap again as recovery accelerates

New car sales rose by 13.4 per cent in June in the latest sign that the recovery is gathering pace.

Surprise fall in UK trade gap caps feelgood week

The UK's goods trade deficit tumbled by £1 billion to £8.2 billion in April, making it £600 million smaller than expected and the lowest since January. Including the services surplus, the overall deficit shrank from £3.2 billion to £2 billion.

Hamish McRae: Banks' misdeeds allow us to scrap our old bangers

One of the puzzles of the past year is how British consumers have managed to keep increasing their spending despite the continuing squeeze on their incomes and without further running down savings – rather the reverse.

Private jets flying higher for Air Partner

Air Partner, the aviation business, has seen its private jet division grow first-half revenues by 12 per cent to £22.7m.

Petrol price steers drivers to fuel-efficient vehicles

Soaring petrol prices and household bills are encouraging more people to buy fuel-efficient cars, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

GKN warns of lower European car sales

The dire state of the European car industry was laid bare yesterday as registrations in September fell at their fastest rate for 12 months and a profits warning came from the car and plane parts maker GKN.

Mumsnet launches new car website

Mumnet has joined up with Haymarket Media Group's What Car magazine to launch a new motoring website, Mumsnet Cars.

Essex gunman found dead in churchyard

A man wanted for murder after a police officer was fatally shot has been found dead in a churchyard, police said.

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First Night: London 2012 short films, Edinburgh Film Festival

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Car sales leap is the biggest in two years

Car sales saw their biggest jump in nearly two years last month, as new vehicle registrations rose 7.9 per cent to 162,288.

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