SMMT logoThe bus and coach market in the UK fell in August for the first time this year.

Some key stats include;

• The overall bus and coach market fell 27.8% to 311 registrations in August, but rose 54.4% from January-August.
• The purpose-built bus and coach sector declined 57.9% in the month, but was up 28.7% over the year-to-date.
• Converted bus registrations grew 127.1% in August and 89.9% during the first eight months of the year.

“Despite strong performance throughout 2012, August recorded the first fall in total bus and coach registrations this year, with the market down 27.8%,” said Paul Everitt,  Chief Executive. “While this fall highlights uncertain conditions in the wider economy, it is encouraging to see the sector’s strength over the year-to-date, with registrations up across the total purpose-built and converted bus sectors.”