With the Irish economy in a near meltdown, new-car sales fell 18.7% in 2008 to 151,607 units from 186,540 year-ago. Light-commercial vehicle sales plunged 32.0% to 29,961 units from 44,056 in like-2007, Society of the Irish Motor Industry figures show. Vehicle sales were released as the Irish Independent newspaper reported the government will have to borrow €45 million ($60.6 million) per day this year to balance the books in the face of falling tax revenues, soaring unemployment, ...

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