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UK new car sales rise in June compared to difficult 2020

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FILE PHOTO: A lorry with car carrier trailer leaves the Honda car plant in Swindon

LONDON (Reuters) - British new car registrations rose by an annual 28% in June compared to the same month last year, when some dealerships were closed for much of the month due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A total of 186,128 new cars were registered, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which said the level remained down on the 10-year average for June.

In 2020, dealerships reopened their doors to customers on June 1 in England, June 8 in Northern Ireland, June 22 in Wales and June 29 in Scotland.

A lack of semi-conductor chips was also affecting volumes, the SMMT said.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, editing by David Milliken)

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