Tractors lined up© Tim Scrivener

UK tractor sales have improved in the first two months of 2017 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) figures.

Dealers shifted 634 units in January and 620 in February, which equate to year-on-year rises of 8.2% and 10.7% respectively.

It also means year-to-date sales have reached 1,254 – 9.4% more than last year and the highest combined figure for those months since 2014.

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Meanwhile, the AEA has also revealed farm machinery exports saw a drop in 2016 to £1.53bn, largely down to a sharp fall in exports of tractor engines.

Germany remains the biggest export market for British companies and accounts for 13% of total farm kit heading across the Channel.

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