Car dealers in Northern Ireland had their best July sales in 13 years at 4,398 new vehicles, which no doubt was a welcome development, but it has to be seen in context.
Sales in the first seven months of the year, which included months of lockdown, were 43% lower than last year. It also continues a downward trend since 2014, which was the last time the industry saw meaningful sales increases.
However, dealers will be hoping that the pent-up demand which contributed to July's figures will continue for the rest of the year.
Inevitably, there are calls for government support for dealers, but improved sales may undermine their case.