LONDON (Reuters) - British new car registrations jumped by an annual 23.1 percent in August as demand for electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles soared by nearly 90 percent, a car industry body said on Wednesday.
Overall new car sales reached 94,094 units last month with a record one in 12 buyers purchasing an electric model, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
"Given August is always a small month in new car registrations ahead of the important plate-change month of September, it would be wrong to view the market as booming," SMMT boss Mike Hawes said.
August is typically the second-weakest month for car sales in Britain, the SMMT said.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by William Schomberg)