Vertu Motors has reported robust half-year trading and expects its full year results to be in line with market expectations with record revenues and profits. "Aftersales and used cars, from which the Group derives the majority of its profitability, have continued to grow demonstrating the resilience of the business model," the company said. "SMMT data has shown UK private new retail vehicle registrations softening since April 2016 compared to the strong prior year comparative period and the Board expects this trend to continue," it added in a statement. "September order take levels on new vehicles reflect continued growth in the fleet and commercial sector and a continuation of the softening in the private retail new car channel. "The macro-economic environment of historically record low interest rates and record high levels of employment in the UK provide a favourable economic backdrop for the sector. Weaker exchange rate levels for Sterling create uncertainty around future Manufacturer strategies towards new car pricing. "The result of the Referendum to leave the European Union has, to date, not impacted consumer confidence as adversely as some were initially predicting and the Group has not experienced any significant change in consumer behaviour. "The Board continues to pursue its strategic objective of creating a balanced, scaled automotive retail group comprising both volume and premium outlets. "In the last 12 months, the Group has acquired four volume and 12 premium outlets. The Board is pleased with the performance of the recently acquired dealerships and with the integration of these businesses into the Group."
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