Follows four consecutive months of year-on-year growth in Scottish new car sales
New car sales in Scotland were down a quarter of one per cent in May compared with last year and set against a near eight per cent rise for the UK as a whole, new figures suggest.
A total of 13,082 new cars were sold in Scotland in May compared with 13,115 in May of last year, a drop of 0.25 per cent.
New car sales for the UK as a whole totalled 162,288, up 7.8 per cent on the 150,431 reported last year according to figures complied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) said the Scottish sales were disappointing given the rise in like-for-like sales reported in recent months.
Figures for April revealed a 4.8 per cent rise in new car sales in Scotland year-on-year, a 6.3 per cent rise in March, 6.7 per cent rise in February and seven per cent rise in January.
Douglas Robertson, SMTA chief executive, said the relatively small decline in Scottish sales “is further proof that there is now a stability in the market and we would anticipate further small increases over the remainder of the year."
He added: “We remain on course for our forecast increase of between five and 7.5 per cent over the whole year as the increase in private demand continues, albeit slowly.”