UK Car production up 9.3 pct in April image

Car manufacturing rose by 9.3 percent in April, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said, and was up 11.8 percent over the first four months of the year.

Commercial Vehicles output rose by 3.2 percent in April, but was down 9.2 percent over the January-April period. On the same time, engine production in UK rose by 1.2 percent in April and was up 1.7 percent over the year-to-date.

“UK manufacturing of cars, commercial vehicles and engines increased in April, boosted by strong export demand that is almost 10% ahead of last year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.
Almost half a million cars were built in the UK in the first four months of the year, with more than 400,000 for export.

The announcement comes shortly after GM said it will keep its Vauxhall unit’s car plant in Ellesemere Port, U.K., and plans to boost production. The US based automaker plans to increase output of Astra passenger vehicles at the factory and will seek to sell more cars in the U.K., the Financial Mail reported, citing unidentified officials.

UK unemployment fell by 45,000 to 2.63 million in the first three months of the year, official figures have shown.
Youth unemployment was down by 17,000 to 1.02 million. But the number of people unemployed for more than a year increased by 27,000 to 887,000, the worst total since 1996.