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UK car registrations have strongest May in 10 years

British car sales enjoyed their strongest May in 10 years last month with sales rising by more than 7 percent from a year earlier, but future sales are likely to slow, an industry group said on Thursday.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said new car registrations totalled 194,032 last month, a 7.7 percent rise on a year earlier and the highest May sales since 2004.

Ford factory in Cologne, Germany.
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"With SMMT forecasting an overall rise of around 6 percent over the year, the coming months should see some levelling off in growth rates as underlying demand stabilises," said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

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