U.K. new-car sales climbed 10.8% to 2,264,737 units in 2013, the highest level in five years and beating the industry’s forecast of 2.25 million. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says improving consumer and business confidence after an extended hold-off period and a competitive marketplace helped drive sales growth. The U.K. has been a bright light in Europe’s generally moribund economy as it consolidated its position as the region’s second-largest car market ...

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