Sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK are edging upwards again after plummeting in the first half of the year.
The uplift comes on the back of second quarter sales that slumped by 54% following a 22% decline in Q1 compared with the same periods last year.
The low point in new sales was reached in April when sales were below 800 units but recovery was underway by June, sales reaching just over 2,000 machines as the construction industry continued returning to sites.
Mini and midi excavators (up to 10 tonnes) were least hit by the downward trend. Sales reduced by 23% in the first half but that compared well with products such as construction telehandlers and rollers where sales were down by more than 60% compared with 2019.
The figures are from Systematics International Ltd in partnership with the Construction Equipment Association.
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