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Van numbers fall in February

Van registrations fell 26.4 per cent to 8,183 units in February compared with the same month last year.

However, the year-to-date was up 10.3 per cent, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The winner for February was Fiat, which recorded a rise of 80.4 per cent..

Next up was Iveco with a jump of 45.3 per cent and Mercedes, which only recorded a minus of 5.9 per cent.

Vauxhall took the biggest hit for month with drop of 50 per cent, followed by Nissan and Ford with falls of 45.1 and 33.5 per cent respectively

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Van registrations were down in what is a relatively low-key month after a strong recovery in 2011.”

“It is extremely important that the Chancellor uses this month’s Budget to strengthen consumer and business confidence by encouraging private sector investment and avoiding any further squeeze on living standards.”

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