Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that van and truck registrations posted an annual growth of 15.9% in 2010 for "one of the best ever" years, according to president Paul Everitt.
This came as "volumes started to recover from the recession,” he said. Vans rose in all but one month in 2010, boosted by better-than-expected business confidence and improved output from the construction sector. Trucks grew fast in the second half of 2010 and ended the year on par with 2009 levels.
"While we still have a long way to go to get volumes back to pre-recession levels, we expect more growth in 2011 and 2012," he said.
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