> UK new car sales fall to levels last seen in post World War II months
UK new car sales fall to levels last seen in post World War II months
1 min read.Updated: 06 May 2020, 10:57 AM IST
In February 1946, just a few months after the end of World War Two, just 4,044 new cars were sold in Britain.
In April 2020, around 4,000 new cars were registered with most of the sales being fleet purchases.
British new car sales slumped by around 97% in April to the lowest level of any month since February 1946 with factories and dealerships shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to preliminary data from an industry body.
Lockdown measures have been in place across Europe since mid-March to contain the pandemic, leading to the closure of many businesses and limiting people's movements.
In February 1946, just a few months after the end of World War Two, just 4,044 new cars were sold in Britain, which was still undergoing rationing and trying to rebuild after wartime destruction, under its first majority Labour government.