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Slight drop in car sales across NI

Car sales in Northern Ireland dropped slightly in September, the latest figures have shown.

A total of 6,657 new cars powered out of forecourts last month. That was down just over 1% on the same period a year earlier, according to fresh figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Ford's Fiesta was the top selling car for the month, with 229 sold during September.

Across the UK, a total of 469,696 new cars registered in September. That was up from 1.6%. The number is considerably higher in England, due to the introduction of new number plates last month. The '66' plate was introduced at the start of September.

Growth was driven by the fleet sector, which saw a 7.3% rise. Private registrations fell by 1.7%.

Some 2.15m cars have been registered in 2016 so far, up 2.6% on the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes warned that "political uncertainty" must be overcome for the industry to continue to grow.

Belfast Telegraph