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New commercial vehicle sales down year to date

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released its official new vehicle registrations statistics.

New light commercials vehicle sales are up 56.2 per cent (1,667) compared to October last year (1,067) and year to date are down 15.3 per cent (20,587).

Heavy goods vehicle registrations are up 15.7 per cent (155) in comparison to October 2019 (134). However, year to date HGV’s are down 21.5 per cent (1,951).

Brian Cooke, SIMI director general commented: “October new light commercial vehicle and car registrations are broadly in line with the same month last year. However, like many other retail sectors, overall this year has been hugely difficult due to Covid-19.

“With showrooms closed for the next number of weeks due to government Covid-19 restrictions, retailers have been enhancing their online presence, particularly with the month of November being the key selling period for forward orders for the new registration plate in January.

“With the ongoing impact of Covid and the impending Brexit deadline fast approaching it is vital that the government continue to support business in this uncertain trading environment.”