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JAGUAR Land Rover has again re­ported record an­nual sales but the Coven­try car maker’s growth has slowed, par­tic­u­larly over the last two months.

The firm has an­nounced re­tail sales of 614,309 ve­hi­cles in the year to March 31, up by 1.7%.

One of the key fac­tors in the fig­ures, par­tic­u­larly in the UK and Europe, was lower de­mand for diesels as un­cer­tainty over the fu­ture of the fuel con­tin­ues.

Jaguar Land Rover’s an­nual sales were down by 12.8 per cent in the UK, while in Europe they fell by 5.3 per cent.

But else­where it was bet­ter news with both the Chi­nese and North Amer­i­can mar­kets con­tin­u­ing to per­form well.

The car maker’s an­nual sales in China were up 19.9% while North Amer­ica saw an in­crease of 4.7%.

Felix Brautigam, Jaguar Land Rover chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer, said: “Weaker mar­ket con­di­tions in the UK and Europe, driven by lack of con­sumer con­fi­dence and lower de­mand for diesels, are im­pact­ing our growth.

“But even against this back­drop it’s good to see that we have closed our fi­nan­cial year with record re­tail sales.”

In line with pre­vi­ous years the Land Rover mar­que was re­spon­si­ble for the lion’s share of sales (70%) though both brands saw an in­crease in sales – Land Rover by 2.0% and Jaguar by 1.0%.

Jaguar will be buoyed by the fact it is on the cusp of a ma­jor prod­uct of­fen­sive with the launch of the E-Pace SUV and I-Pace all-elec­tric SUV.

Look­ing at the last two months Jaguar Land Rover’s sales fell by 7.8% (7,100 cars) in March and were down by 1,000 cars in Fe­bru­ary, with the split roughly even across the Land Rover and Jaguar mar­ques.

Look­ing for­ward Land Rover also has re­freshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport model on sale, while its re­cently launched Ve­lar is also prov­ing pop­u­lar.

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