• Modest 1.5% growth for British commercial vehicle manufacturing in February
  • Export production up 20%, offsetting 13.2% fall in domestic output
  • CV manufacturing up 10.5% year to date

British commercial vehicle manufacturing made moderate gains in February with overall output up 1.5% year on year to 8,471 units, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data.

For the second consecutive month, a sharp lift in overseas demand, up 19.9% to 4,452 vehicles, offset a 13.2% fall in home market production (4,019).

Following a strong January, year to date production was up 10.5% to 15,241.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "February's positive CV output, while more subdued than in January, continued to reflect buoyant demand for British-built vans, trucks, buses and coaches. Once again, the ongoing recovery in European markets was the driving factor, with output for export growing for the seventh consecutive month, and up by more than a third for the year to date."

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