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Vans see another buoyant month

COMMERCIAL vehicle sales reached their fourth highest level in nearly 25 years last month, according to latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

A total of 28,293 commercial vehicles were sold last month, up 3.6% on the same period last year. Light commercial vehicles were a key driving force in the sales success, rising 3.3% to 23,553, while truck sales were up 6.7% to 4,385.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: 'These investment figures show clear confidence in the buoyancy and growth potential of domestic demand, with clear confidence across many sectors of the UK economy.'

For the year-to-date, the commercial vehicle market is 11.7% ahead of last year, at 147,636, with light commercial vehicle sales up 11.7% to 123,254. In the light van market, 1.8 to 2.6-tonne range sales were up 39.4% in May to 2,395 units.

Heavier vans, from 2.6 to 3.5-tonnes, dropped 1.4% to 12,869. Light vans under 1.8- tonnes also dropped, down 1.2%.

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