Slump puts the brakes on car sales

With car sales down to the level of the mid-1980s, car dealers are now clamouring for the government to do more to help them, writes Nicola Cooke

21st March, 2009

Car sales in Ireland have slipped back to the levels of the mid-1980s, pushing many dealers out of business and leading to thousands of job losses.

Six dealers have closed down since January - in what is traditionally the motor trade’s busiest quarter of the year - and 4,200 jobs have been lost in the last 12 months. According to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (Simi), sales of luxury cars have dropped...

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