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Consumer new car finance volumes up 3% in Q1 2017

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New business in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market grew 13% by value and 5% by volume in March, compared with the same month in 2016.

In the first quarter of 2017, new business was up 10% by value and 3% by volume, compared with the same quarter in 2016, figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show.

The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through the POS was 86.5% in the 12 months to March, unchanged compared with the same period to February.

The POS consumer used car finance market also reported new business growth in March of 17% by value and 11% by volume, while in Q1 overall, new business was up 12% by value and 6% by volume.

Geraldine Kilkelly, head of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: “The first quarter of 2017 saw consumer car finance new business volumes increase in line with the industry’s expectations of single-digit growth for the year overall.

“The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members has remained steady at 86.5% since the beginning of 2017.”

Consumer POS finance - March 2017 FLA

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