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  • Supplier News 12 Mar

    UK accounting watchdog the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has opened an investigation into Deloitte audit of Lookers PLC’s financial statements for 2017 and 2018.

  • Market Insight 21 Jan

    Motorists in the UK are aiming to budget for a £20,000 list price before making the switch to an electric vehicle, according to research conducted by Deloitte – highlighting an affordability void.

  • People News 23 Nov

    A lack of opportunity has been highlighted as a key issue for women pursuing a career in the automotive sector, with 57% failing to see a career path to their desired post and 42% perceiving a bias towards men.

  • Opinion 16 Oct

    ​Lookers has reported that trading in Q3 resulted in underlying PBT “significantly ahead of last year” to largely offset losses recorded in a COVID-19 impacted first half of 2020.

  • Car Dealer News 29 Jun

    The investigation into fraud at Lookers has exposed a £19 million ‘black hole’ resulting from overstated supplier bonuses, fraudulent expenses claims and the inconsistent application of policies, processes and accounting standards.

  • Opinion 5 Jun

    Michael Woodward, Deloitte's automotive industry leader, gives his take on the new car market as the UK government eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

  • Market Insight 4 Feb

    ​Car buyer intention is shifting towards electric vehicles (EV), with more than one-in-ten (11%) of consumers now set to make their next vehicle electric, according to Deloitte.

  • Market Insight 25 Oct

    ​The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Consumer Attitude Survey has revealed evidence of consumers increased interest in car dealership visits despite warnings that buyers intention is failing.

  • Market Insight 24 May

    ​The UK will need to invest £1.6 billion in electric vehicle charge points during the next decade in a bid to service an estimated seven millions EVs, according to a study by Deloitte.

  • Market Insight 25 May

    Fears about the effects of a flood of used cars in a market propped-up by PCPs could mean that we are currently living in “the good old days”, a financial analyst has suggested.

  • Market Insight 23 May

    Visitors to the annual Vehicle Remarketing Association Conference voted 70% in favour of remaining in Europe as senior figures from the financial and automotive sector debated the potential effects of Brexit. A live poll of visitors to the annual event, this year hosted by journalist and former newscaster Ginney Buckley, revealed an overwhelming desire to remain in the common market among those present at Solihull’s Cranmore Park Conference Centre. The live poll saw 26.4% of conference attendees vote in favour of leaving the EU, meanwhile, with just 3.6% stating that they were as yet undecided. The vote came as Jaguar Land Rover director of financial services, David Betteley, Woburn Consulting Group’s financial services consultant Peter de Rousset-Hall and Richard Hill, head of automotive at RBS debated the issue following a presentation from Deloitte senior analyst and economist Debrapratim De. De had told the event that Brexit would “almost inevitably” lead to the reduced availability and the higher cost of finance and a squeezing of the disposable incomes. After stating that the current automotive boom had been built on consumer demand driven by “easy money”, he said that in the event of Brexit: “There would be a short-term credit crunch and 25 to 30% decline of the pound against the dollar. The Euro would also take a hit. “There would be an immediate sell-off in equities and we might see capital flow out of the UK.” De also said that the departure of Britain from the EU, in the event of Brexit, could trigger the “disintegration of the EU”, adding: “There is a growing level of Euro scepticism and nationalism in Europe as a whole and, in a recent survey of European citizens, 48% think that if the UK left the EU others would follow.” But the Deloitte financial experts also said that, in the long-term, Britain could benefit from Brexit, the move creating a “more vibrant, market-driven economy”. He said: “At the moment our economy is strong, our population and industry is growing. I don’t think the world can do without us.” Amongthe panel discusiing the issue of the referendum, Betteley said: “Our corporate view is that we should remain. Europe is an important market for us. We buy a significant amount of components in Europe. We are currently advising all our people to use their vote very carefully.” Hill said: “Britain is often referred to as Treasure Island, but that coincides with periods where the pound is very strong. If that situation changes quite dramatically it would be quite interesting to see what European manufacturers do in terms of sales in the UK given that they wouldn’t represent the large profits that they are seeing today.” This month’s AM magazine will feature the results of a fortnight-long poll of the publication’s online readership which asked which way people would vote in the June 23rd EU referendum. A strong response has allowed AM to break-down details of the age and regional voting demographics, how many people have already made preparations for a possible Brexit and who could be most affected by a potential departure from the common market.

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