27 October 1995

Tractor sales set to be best figures for seven years

MORE tractors will be sold this year in the UK than at any other time during the past seven years, reports the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). Current predictions are that the end of year total will top 19,000 units – 5% more than 1995.

This year will also be the first year when average tractor size broke the 100hp barrier.

Returning to the current state of the market, latest figures from the AEA reveal that sales of tractors over 40hp in September fell by some 12% when compared with the same period last year.

Seen as something of a "rogue" month, the AEA believes this figure will not be mirrored in the remaining months of 1995, although a slight fall is expected overall for this period.

The overall year to date figure at the end of September was 15,509 – 6% up on the same time last year. The moving total (October 94-September 95) stood at 19,084, which was 2.8% up on the same period last year.