Sales of new cars soar 134pc despite downturn
NEW car sales soared last month, bucking the continuing downturn in the economy, writes Louise Hogan.
A total of 3,743 new private cars were sold in October, a 134pc increase on the 1,596 licensed in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The exceptionally poor October 2009 for new car sales was the lowest figure for any October since monthly records began in 1965.
However, the number of new goods vehicles fell by 11.5pc to just 711 last month, compared with 803 in October 2009.
The CSO said almost 65pc of the new private cars were diesel, with just 27pc petrol.
The most popular marque sold last month was Renault, followed by Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford.