Registrations take further hit in October

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Published on 8 November 2019 by Mike Waters

The turbulence in sales and registrations throughout 2019 continues as new statistics released by BMF Corporate Member the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) showed yet another return to decline.

Although September’s sales scraped a welcome 3.9% increase after a 7.4% drop in August, 4.3% of growth in July and an 11% drop in June, October saw a 1.8% year-on-year decline.

Motorcycles were particularly hard hit, with Adventure Sport machines falling by 21.1% and touring machines falling by 12.6%, but there were some bright spots in other categories. Scooters achieved 23.6% in growth, suggesting that more people were taking their first steps into life on two wheels.

Industry observers have previously blamed “Brexit and other political concerns” for hesitation over big-ticket purchases and it is likely that the recent upheaval over the extension to the Brexit deadline has had an impact once again. In light of a general election being called recently as well, it appears that conditions will remain turbulent for the immediate future.

Total sales and registrations for 2019 now stand at 96,409, which is 2% higher – or 1,886 machines – than the same point last year.

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