New Car Sales In Kerry Down 10% In March Compared To Same Month In 2017

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NEW car sales in Kerry took a dip of around 10 percent in March compared to the same month in 2017 according to the latest official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)

There were 343 new car sales in Kerry last month compared to 383 in March of 2017 a drop of around 10 percent.

So far this year there were 1,609 new car sales in the first three months compared to 1,724 by the end of March 2017, a decrease of  -6.67%.

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Nationally, the total new car registrations for the month of March were down 10.5% (17,796) when compared to March 2017 (19,890), while new cars registrations year to date remain 5.5% (71,842) down on the same period last year (75,982).

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 2% (3,147) on March 2017 (3,084) and year to date are up 5.4% (12,537). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 11.2% for the month of March (271) compared to the same month last year (305) and are down 11.2% (916) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown a slight decrease of 4.6% for March 2018 (8,154) when compared to March 2017 (8,545) however year to date they are 9.5% (26,116) ahead of 2017 (23,862)

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated; “March has been a challenging trading month for our Industry with snow days and two public holidays leading to shorter trading weeks, but we also had the Hire-drive deliveries at similar levels to last year to bolster registrations. Brexit however remains the dominant issue with Used Car Imports up 9.5% for the First Quarter while New Car Registrations are down by 5.5% over the same period. For the month of March New Car Registrations (-10.5%) and Used Car Imports (-4.6%) are both down, although it should be noted that the number of business days were reduced this year due to the Storm Emma and the Easter Holiday period, which was in April last year. Overall registrations for the First Quarter remain in line with projections based on the continuing impact of Brexit and the increasing volume of imported used cars. The light commercial vehicle sector by contrast has seen a continued increase reflecting the strong economic growth for businesses at present.”

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