Bus and Coach sales slump in UK

2017 data shows a 12.7% decline in UK sales

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The bus and coach industry in the UK didn’t have a stellar year in 2017 with new data showing a more than 12% drop in sales.

Across every quarter of 2017 UK bus and coach sales were on the slide, overall registrations totalled 7,666 in the nation in the year, a 12.7% decline of the 2016 total.

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The data comes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and shows double-deck demand saw the biggest fall across the year, declining -17.1% with 1,598 units registered.

Single-decks and minibuses also experienced declines, down -8.2% and -13.2% respectively.

Between October and December, 1,688 new buses and coaches were registered, falling -15.9%.

Single-deck and double-deck registrations both saw double-digit declines in Q4, by -20.7% and -27.6% respectively. Meanwhile, demand for minibuses was down -5.7%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, tells us it was a difficult year following a couple of years of strong growth.

“Following strong market performance in the previous two years and the highly cyclical nature of fleet purchasing in this sector, it’s no surprise to see orders fall in 2017.

“However, declining business confidence undoubtedly played a part.”

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