Belfast Telegraph

Ulster economy moving up a gear

By David Elliott

One of the most accurate measures of consumer confidence in Northern Ireland continued to tick higher last month, a sign the economy is beginning to pick up.

New car sales here totalled 4,001 in February, an increase of 55 on the same month in 2012, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Because so-called 'big ticket' items such as cars are only bought by consumers when they're feeling confident, the figures give a good insight into confidence.

But while the market for new car sales in Northern Ireland has recovered, it's still some way behind other regions of the UK.

Meanwhile, the top 10 most popular new cars bought last month showed little change with Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen all featuring prominently, alongside Nissan and one for Peugeot.

Top 10 new car registrations

1 Ford Fiesta

2 Ford Focus

3 VolkswagenGolf

4 Nissan Qashqai

5 Vauxhall Astra

6 Peugeot 208

7 VauxhallMokka

8 Nissan Juke

9 Vauxhall Corsa

10 Volkswagen Polo

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