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UK new car sales fall 40% in January as lockdown bites

Just over 90,000 new cars were sold in the first month of 2020, the worst start to a year since 1970

Just over 90,000 new cars were sold in the UK in the slowest January for more than 50 years, according to industry figures released on Thursday.

Sales fell 40% compared with January 2020 to 90,249, as the closure of car showrooms under lockdown compounded the economic gloom.

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