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Boost in buying of new cars not all it's cracked up to be

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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

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

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

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.