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Manufacturing of recent UK automobiles fell by virtually 10% final month in contrast with a 12 months in the past, newest trade figures present.

The Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) mentioned 136,119 new automobiles had been in-built Might, 9.7% fewer than the identical month in 2016.

Nonetheless, in Might 2016 output had risen by greater than 26% to the very best complete for the month in additional than a decade.

The SMMT mentioned carmakers had been now set to ramp up manufacturing of recent fashions, with exports the principle driver of demand.

Some 576,556 new automobiles have been shipped overseas since January, a zero.eight% enhance year-on-year. though manufacturing for abroad markets fell 9% in Might.

Virtually 80% of all automobiles made in Britain are exported, with greater than half going to Europe.

In the meantime, manufacturing for the house market fell 12.eight% in Might, with 153,199 automobiles destined for UK showrooms.

“After a file begin to the 12 months, automobile manufacturing within the UK has slowed as manufacturing traces gear up for a variety of recent fashions,” mentioned SMMT chief govt Mike Hawes.

“World demand is powerful and exports stay the driving pressure for British automobile manufacturing volumes within the UK.

“Sustaining our present open commerce hyperlinks with Europe, our greatest market, and additional growing world markets is important for this sector.”