UK commercial vehicle production fell last month, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) attributing the decline to fluctuating fleet buying cycles.
Overall production declined 26.1% to 6,499 units in July 2017, with production for the home market down 27.0% while export production declined 25.3%.
Output was also down for the year-to-date, with a decline of 10.9% to 50,281 units. Home production was down 29.5% but exports were up 5.9%.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “With the UK commercial vehicle market stabilising following a long period of strong growth, it is unsurprising to see this reflected in British manufacturing – especially when considering the impact large fleet orders can have on monthly figures. Looking at the longer-term, we expect volumes to stabilise as the sector continues to benefit from significant international demand.”
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