The latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that registrations of new LCVs grew by 1.1% in July.
Last month’s results follow a positive June which saw the market grow for the first time since January. July saw a total of 24,766 new LCVs join the UK’s roads.
Registrations of vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes were down 12.5% to 2,212 units. The 2.0-2.5-tonne van segment saw registrations up 41.4% to 4,837 units, while sales of 2.5-3.5-tonne vans were down 2.8% to 14,831 units.
The biggest news was in the pick-up segment which saw registrations fall for the first time in 16 months. Sales were down 9.5% to 2,870 units. So far this year, nearly 30,000 new pick-ups have been registered, an increase of 14.8% on 2016.
Overall year-to-date results are down 3.1% compared to last year, with a total of 209,692 new LCVs registered.
SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes described July’s results as “stable” and said that the figures were “in line with the SMMT’s expectations for 2017”.