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New car sales rise 7% in Wales

The motor industry has been boosted by news of increased sales Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire / Press Association Images

The number of new cars sold in Wales increased by 7% last year. 71,521 vehicles were sold in 2012, compared to 66,771 in 2011 - according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales grew further in Wales than across the UK as a whole - where the rate of increase was 5%. More than two million new cars were sold in the UK last year.