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Coronavirus crisis puts 200 Charles Hurst jobs at risk as car sales plummet in Northern Ireland

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'The SMMT figures come as Charles Hurst's parent company Lookers plc announced around 1,500 jobs among its 8,100 staff around the UK were at risk of redundancy' (stock photo)

'The SMMT figures come as Charles Hurst's parent company Lookers plc announced around 1,500 jobs among its 8,100 staff around the UK were at risk of redundancy' (stock photo)

'The SMMT figures come as Charles Hurst's parent company Lookers plc announced around 1,500 jobs among its 8,100 staff around the UK were at risk of redundancy' (stock photo)

Around 200 jobs are at risk at Charles Hurst dealerships across Northern Ireland as car sales continue to face a near wipe-out during lockdown.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said there had been just 144 new cars sold in the province in May, down from around 4,900 in May 2019.

Car dealers have been closed during lockdown but are permitted to reopen from Monday. The SMMT figures come as Charles Hurst's parent company Lookers plc announced around 1,500 jobs among its 8,100 staff around the UK were at risk of redundancy. The group revealed it will shut 12 sites - either by closure, merging with other showrooms or re-franchising.