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Cars and commercial sales up in April

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show.

Brian Cooke, Deputy Director General SIMI
Brian Cooke, Deputy Director General SIMI

New car registrations in April were up 21 per cent (9,471) on the same month last year, new figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry have confirmed.

So far this year new car sales are up 28 per cent (74,001) on the corresponding period last year.

Light Commercials Vehicles (LCV), were up by 59 per cent (2,088) compared to (1,316) April 2014 and are up 60 per cent (12,152) year to date. While HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 24 per cent for the month of April (235) 2015 compared with April (189) 2014, however are down 7 per cent year to date.

Commenting on the figures Brian Cooke, Deputy Director General SIMI said: “The increase in registrations continue to demonstrate improvements in the marketplace. The strong growth in retail sales highlights consumer confidence around the country with every county experiencing an increase in sales. Longford has seen the strongest growth in sales with 46%, while Wexford is some way behind the trend with the lowest growth rate of just 10%. LCV registrations continue to show improvements in the business environment as many companies are starting to invest in the renewal of their fleets. HGV registrations year to date continue to remain down overall but we have seen some improvement for the month of April which will hopefully continue as the year progresses”.