2016 represents stable year for franchised outlet numbers

The total number of new car sales points increased from 4,840 in January 2016 to 5,011 at the beginning of 2017, which follows a fall of seven sales points in 2015. This is one of the key findings of the 2017 Franchising Report, produced by Auto Retail Network in association with MSX International.

However, the figures require context. For example, DS and Citroen are now reported separately, recognising that the firms are now independent brands. Auto Retail Network understands that, despite discussions about the former brand establishing independent sites, it has yet to do so, which therefore added a further 184 sales points to the 2017 total.

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