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SCOTLAND is once again bucking the trend in new car sales.

Last month saw UK sales of new cars fall by 18.6 per cent compared with last August and hit their lowest level for any August since 1996, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

New figures released by Scotland's only car supermarket, Motorpoint, show a 17 per cent increase in sales for last month compared with the same time last year.

Motorpoint Glasgow is on course to sell some 5000 cars in 2008.

David Shelton, managing director at Motorpoint Glasgow, said: "The SMMT figures show just how much the motor industry has been affected by the economic downturn.

"But once again, consumers in Scotland are bucking the trend.

"With many people finding it difficult to source finance from other lenders because of the credit crunch, we are finding that our finance products such as Boomerang are proving extremely popular, helping to make changing a car both easy and affordable for customers.

"I'm glad to say that we are in the fortunate position of enjoying increasing sales throughout Scotland."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 12, 2008
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