Car sales up 5,000 on last year
More than 40,000 new cars have been sold already this year -- a jump of more than 5,000 on the same period in 2010.
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) welcomed the news but pointed out that the increase comes after a huge fall in sales.
A total of 40,978 new cars has been purchased already, which they said was a good sign.
Sales were 14pc higher than this time last year, helped by the government scrappage scheme, which gives motorists a €1,250 tax rebate for trading in a car older than 10 years.
"These figures have to be seen in context, they remain a long way off the levels. . . of 2007," SIMI director Alan Nolan said.