UK tractor sales in the first three months of 2016 dropped 9.5% year on year, according to figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA).
The Association says 2,382 agricultural tractors – machines of 50 horsepower and over - were registered for road use from January and March, 9.5% down on the 2,633 for the first quarter of 2015.
By region, the AEA says the central area of the country saw relatively better sales than the southern and northern regions, although the underlying reasons for this are not clear.
There has been a slight increase – 1.1% - in the average size of tractor sold in early 2016 at 158.3 hp. But the overall tractor power sold in the period fell by 8.6% to 377,000 hp. Sales of machines in the smallest (51-100hp) and largest (over 160hp) power ratings were up, but there was a sharp decline in the number of mid-power units sold.