A total of 716 tractors were sold in November 2011, 7.5% more than the same month last year.
That brings the overall sales for the 11 months of 2011 to 13,398, almost 4% higher than this time last year, according to the Agricultural Engineers Association.
In fact, the 2011 11-month total has already exceeded last year’s total for the whole year (13,347).
December tends to be the slowest month of the year for tractor sales, with just 450-500 new tractors being sold. That would bring the end-of-year total for 2011 to not far short of 14,000. However, the change in tax allowances could well affect that.