Bike registrations see September recovery
This year’s upheaval in bike sales and registrations continues as new figures released by BMF Corporate Members The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) reveal that sales saw a 3.9% increase last month.
This return to growth, however modest, is welcome news for the industry. As the BMF has previously reported, August’s sales and registrations were hit by a 7.4% year-on-year drop. Industry observers blamed “Brexit and other political concerns” prompting hesitation around big-ticket purchases for the decline, even accounting for the traditional quieter patch around the holiday season.
Fortunately, this decline seems to have been turned around. September usually sees a surge in sales as customers who have held off on vehicle purchases wait for the change over to new licence plates, and this year seems to have been no exception.
Welcoming the news, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association Stephen Latham said: “Motorcycle dealers are optimistic that the market going forward will remain steady throughout the final quarter of 2019.”
Total sales and registrations for 2019 stand at 89,283 machines, which is 2.3% higher than the same point in 2018.
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