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Car sales figures show decline

Jaguar sales had been boosted by the success of a new model

Car manufacturers in the West Midlands saw a significant fall in vehicle sales last year, new figures have shown.

Throughout 2008 Aston Martin's sales fell by 28% while Land Rover sales were down by 30%.

However, Jaguar's sales were up by almost 9% over the same period, which the company put down to its new XF model launched last year.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said that car sales generally are the lowest for 12 years.

Last month, manufacturers called for immediate government funding to help prevent job cuts affecting up to 90,000 staff across the region.

They asked ministers to support their three-day working week to help them avoid making redundancies.

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