New Car Sales In Kerry Down 27% In April On Same Month in 2016

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NEW car sales in the county continue to decrease this year and are down over 13% overall in the first third of 2017 compared to the same period last year.

In April there were 148 new registrations in Kerry compared to 204 in April 2016, a fall of over 27%.

So far this year there have been 1,864 new sales compared to 2,160 in Jan-April 2016, a fall of 13.7%, which is more than the national average.

Nationally, new cars registrations year to date are down -10% (83,831) on the same period last year (93,205).

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: “From our recent SIMI/DoneDeal Quarterly Review, we commented that 2017 was proving to be unpredictable for the Motor Industry and the month of April appears to be reflecting this statement. Vehicle registrations for April show a decline in all sectors and across nearly all counties. While the economy continues to strengthen, consumers appears to have remained somewhat more cautious to date. That said the Industry is continuing to entice consumers with very strong offers to the degree that even with lower sterling values, as a result of Brexit virtually no new cars have been imported because of the value available here.”

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