The number of franchised dealer sales points in the UK fell by 216 in 2017. Auto Retail Networks Franchising Report 2018 reveals the number is below the 5,000 mark to a new low of 4,832.

The fall was driven by changes in the volume brand network. Ford surrendered the largest number of sites with an 18-point cut.

The report includes data on group influence on the manufacturer networks, franchise requirements, franchise churn rates and network average return on sales figures. Porsche topped the RoS figures chart this year with a 3.0% return.  Jaguar was last with a -1.1% return, which amounts to an average loss of just shy of £200,00.

Also included are return on sales figures for all major UK franchises, detailed analysis of fleet and retail registrations by brand, and new car sales forecasts from IHS Automotive through to 2019. Plus the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey results and franchise value ratings.

New this year are statistics on pre-registration and nearly-new volumes by brand. There’s also expanded information for each manufacturer listing including term in office for the brands managing director.