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Byline: GRAHAM HISCOTT

CAR dealers enjoyed their biggest jump in sales for nearly two years last month, figures have revealed.

A total of 162,288 new cars took to the road in May, an increase of 7.9% on the same month in 2011, smashing forecasts by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The upbeat figures will also boost hopes for the economy, as buying a new car is a sign of confidence.

Last month's rise was fuelled by a 14.3% surge in sales to private buyers, although it compares with lacklustre demand the year before. Companies were also confident enough to update their vehicles, with fleet sales up 4.8% last month.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "May's increase is good news for the motoring industry and the economy, particularly the steady growth in demand from private buyers.

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