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Vauxhall slims down dealer network

From BBC - April 16, 2018

Vauxhall plans to reduce its dealership total by about a third as consumers change the way they buy cars.

The brand, which was bought by Peugeot's parent company PSA last year, plans to reduce the total from 326 to about 200.

The move is part of a PSA drive to return the loss-making Vauxhall and Opel businesses to profitability.

Vauxhall sales plunged by more than a fifth last year - far worse than the overall market decline of 5.7%.

Stephen Norman, managing director of Vauxhall, said it and sister brand Opel "would not require as many retail outlets as the brands currently have".

Competition for car sales had become fiercer in the past five years, he said, and more consumers are expected to buy cars online in the future.

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