Van rental group Northgate’s sales were up in both Britain and Spain over the summer. From April to September, Northgate rentals in the UK increased from 43,100 to 44,700. The numbers of vehicles in the fleet increased by two per cent. In Spain, rentals rose from 32,100 in April to 33,400 in September. “This was ahead of our expectations but around 1,000 vehicle hires were a result of increased seasonal demand,” Numis analysts reported.