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Dealerships close after tough September

Reports are coming in of several franchised dealerships closing after a 21.2% drop in national new car registrations in September.

Businesses affected include Streets Skoda, William A Lewis Volvo, Caffyns Vauxhall and Lookers Jaguar/Land Rover.

Lookers closed its Bury St Edmunds Jaguar and Land Rover dealership on Wednesday and made eight sales staff redundant.

Jobs lost

Workshop and bodyshop staff were told to report to a nearby Ford dealership owned by Marshall Motor Group, which Lookers hopes will buy the premises.

Streets Skoda in Bristol closed on Wednesday with the loss of 18 jobs.

Caffyns announced the closure of its Tonbridge Vauxhall dealership, and said it would try to find jobs elsewhere in the group for its 17 staff.

September registrations down to 330,295 units

William A Lewis announced on Wednesday it closes its Volvo dealership in Telford on October 31, and is integrating the business into its Shewsbury site.

Four workers were made redundant, but eight have been given alternative posts.

AM understands that September's national registrations was around 329,000, a drop of 91,000 cars against the same month in 2007.


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