New Irish car sales for October were up 2% on
October last year while sales for the year are still down 6%, according to SIMI,
the industry lobby group.
Sales in October amounted to 1,696 cars, 2.3% up on the number sold in the same
month of last year and the number of vehicles sold between in the year to
October was 73,395, down 6.3% than in the same period of 2012.
Sales in the second half of the year have been boosted by the launch of a
split-year registration system, which results in new registration peaks in
January and July of each year.
Suzanne Sheridan, SIMI press officer,
said: ""While the industry had a boost from the mid-year 132 number plate, it
doesn't hide the fact that it has been a very difficult year with sales about
half of normal levels."
"However, car dealers are now gearing up for the new year and with a forecast
for economic growth next year, the industry is already offering customers deals
on '141 cars.' Many dealers are already reporting enquiries for new cars for
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