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Total retail sales of 149,288 vehicles, up 8.5% year-on-year, were a record for the third quarter with higher volumes in China, (up 38.4% including sales from the China joint venture), North America (up 19.8%) and Europe (up 7.0%) led by strong sales of Discovery Sport, Jaguar F-PACE and the Jaguar XF (including the new long wheelbase Jaguar XFL in China).
Jaguar retailed 45,364 vehicles, up 90.3% as sales of the F-PACE continued to grow and demand for the long wheel base XFL in China increased.
Land Rover retailed 103,924 vehicles, down 8.7%, with strong sales of the Discovery Sport more than offset by the run-out of the outgoing Discovery, ahead of the start of sales of the all-new Discovery later in the fourth quarter.
Dr Ralf Speth, #jaguarlandrover Chief Executive Officer, said: “Continuing expansion and innovation in our compelling product range have driven up global revenues and retail unit sales, led by the Jaguar F-PACE, Jaguar XF, and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
“Models such as the all-new Discovery mark the latest step in our investment programme, which will underpin long-term profitable, sustainable growth.”
Third quarter profit before tax (“PBT”) was £255 million, primarily reflecting the run-out of the Discovery ahead of the new model, unfavourable foreign exchange revaluation, higher marketing expense and depreciation and amortization, partially offset by further recoveries related to the 2015 Tianjin Port explosion. PBT for the first nine months of 2016/17 was £934 million, down slightly from the £980 million in the nine months of the prior year.
Free cash flow was positive £54 million in the quarter after £926 million of total investment spending.
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