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New car marketNewsNewsdigestShowroomAM AwardsNew carnewsAMIndexRecruitmentAM Digest News round-upSales growth to slow in 2012Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors expect sales growth in 2012 to be sharply slower than 2011 due to the global economic downturn. The South Korean carmakers expect sales to rise by 6% in 2012 to seven million vehicles. Their combined sales rose by 15% in 2011. Source BBC January 3Read more...Jaguar Land Rover plans growth Jaguar Land Rover is planning to double the size of its Merseyside factory and create 1,500 new jobs in a major boost to the Coalition's drive to rebalance the economy. JLR's Land Rover plant in Halewood is at full capacity producing the new Range Rover Evoque.Source Daily Telegraph January 3Read more...Bentley demand soars in ChinaLuxury carmaker Bentley saw sales surge 37% in 2011 amid strong demand from China. The Volkswagen brand was profitable for the first time since 2008 and is planning "robust" growth in sales this year. The US remains Bentley's number one market with 2,021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32%. China took second spot with sales almost doubling to 1,839.Source Daily Telegraph Jan 3Read more...Economy newsConfidence nears record lowUK confidence was at a near-record low in November, according to a survey from the Nationwide Building Society. The Nationwide Consumer Confidence Index rose to 40 from its record low of 36 in October. It is still at about half its long-term average of 77, and any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment.Source BBC December 20Read more...Bleak winter economic warningThe eurozone is facing a "bleak" winter, audit firm Ernst & Young says. A "mild" recession is likely in the first half of next year, leading to economic growth of just 0.1% for the whole of 2012, it predicted. Ernst & Young also said unemployment in the eurozone was unlikely to fall below 10% until 2015. Source BBC December 15Read more...Drop in retail demandRetail sales fell by 0.4% in November from October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. The fall is slightly more than the 0.3% monthly drop that economists had forecast and comes amid big discounting by High Street stores. Source BBC December 15Read more...'Double standards' from taxmanThe taxman has been accused of double standards for its drive to crack down on small businesses while allowing big companies off hefty tax bills. HMRC is planning to hit up to 20,000 small businesses with spot checks on their tax paperwork. Source Daily Telegraph January 3Read more...

February 21 2012 National Motorcycle Museum, mobile marketing revolution: tools and apps to attract and sell servicesHow do consumers behave and research online?Controlling all modes of access to your businessBrand new AM event for 2012Sponsored by#AMDDThe Office of National Statistics show that 57% of the UK population over 16 are now using social media tools. Don't be fooled that this is driven by the younger generation, as 1 in 5 over 65s is now networking and researching online. Indeed the largest demographic is from 25-44 and not teenagers as people may think. Facebook itself has more than 30 million UK users. With Facebook accounting for 16% of all time spent online in the UK its obvious why brands can no longer ignore this 'virtual' marketplace.