Output up for UK car makers

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A JUMP in production last month means the British car manufacturing industry grew 1.1 per cent in the first half of the year.

The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders said output rose 10.4 per cent in June, taking the half-year total to 764,390 units.

While four out of five cars built in the UK are exported, the rise in production was helped by strong domestic demand.

In the year to date, British car firms made 162,754 vehicles for the home market, up 24.4 per cent on the same time last year.

Overall car sales in Britain rose 13.4 per cent year-on-year in June, the SMMT said earlier this month.