UK auto manufacturing suffered from its slowest September since 1995 because the pandemic continued to hit demand, business figures present.
Solely 114,732 automobiles rolled off manufacturing strains final month, the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) mentioned.
That is a 5% drop from September final 12 months.
The SMMT known as the drop worrisome, because the UK and the EU had nonetheless not concluded a free commerce settlement with solely 63 days earlier than the tip of the transition interval.
“The truth that either side are again across the desk is a aid, however we want the negotiators urgently to agree on a deal, a deal that places the automotive first, improves innovation and helps business deal with the worldwide menace of local weather change, ”mentioned SMMT boss Mike Hawes.
“With manufacturing already strained, the additional blow of ‘no deal’ could be devastating for the business, its staff and their households.”
Exports fell 9.7% in September to 87,533 items, as exports to China, the EU and the USA all fell.