Commercial vehicle output increased by 1.4 per cent year-on-year to 8,480 units in June on the back of increased volumes for the British market, although overseas demand continued to decline.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) show that 3,647 vehicles were produced for domestic sale, up 17 per cent compared with June 2012.

Meanwhile, 4,833 vehicles were produced for export, down eight per cent.

The fall in export volumes has hit growth, with only 50.8 per cent of commercial vehicles being shipped overseas in the first six months of 2013 compared with 60.9 per cent in the corresponding period of last year.

Overall production for January to June stood at 48,517 vehicles, down 13.5 per cent on an annual basis.

While the volume of production for the domestic market rose by nine per cent year-on-year to 23,874 units, export volumes plummeted by more than a quarter (27.9 per cent) to stand at 24,643 vehicles.

Nigel Base, SMMT's commercial vehicles manager, said: "June's output provides a welcome boost to our commercial vehicle industry, with volumes increasing 1.4 per cent in the month, following a 17 per cent surge in home market demand.

"Year-to-date volumes offer a slightly gloomier picture, falling 13.5 per cent in the first half of 2013 as commercial vehicle manufacturers continue to feel the effects of weak demand abroad.

"The remainder of the year will be challenging but strengthening UK demand is expected to support domestic manufacturers of vans, trucks buses and coaches."

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