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Car output falls in August

UK car production fell by 8.9% to 78,577 units in August, which is typically a low-volume month, but remains up 12.7% to 955,084 units over the year-to-date.

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) commercial vehicle output rose 18.3% to 7,608 units in the month, but fell 5.5% to 72,708 units during the first eight months of 2012.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK vehicle production is 11.2% up this year, but down 7% in August.

“Volumes are traditionally low and variable in August as manufacturers use the holiday period to undertake important maintenance and facility upgrades.

"Continued weak demand in Europe is a concern, although significant new investment and stronger demand from better performing global markets will ensure UK output continues on an upward trend."

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