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Pre-buying lifts UK heavy truck market 
Britainís truck market zooms back to pre-crisis levels

Published: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:28:03 GMT
 

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Britainís truck market, echoing the upbeat trends already seen in last yearís car market, bounced back to the pre-crisis levels last seen in 2008, thanks in no small part to a massive pre-buying spell in December.

The implied bullishness seen in the UK during last yearís closing months is actually deceptive. 

11,351 vs 3,579
UK truck sales over 3.5t GVW during December 2013 compared to December 2012


It has tempted some observers to the view that last yearís extensive pre-buying may yield a hangover during this yearís opening quarter.

Sales during last yearís final month, thanks to the extensive pre-buying binge of cheaper Euro 5 trucks prior to the obligatory introduction of Euro 6 trucks this January, rocketed ahead more than threefold to a bumper 11,351 units from just 3,579 during the same month in 2012.
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