Irish new-car sales rose 8.1% in March to 28,107 units, pushing first-quarter deliveries 6.8% higher to 100,773 units from year-ago’s 94,322. Society of the Irish Motor Industry CEO Cyril McHugh says there has been a very healthy start to the year. “An ever-increasing percentage of new-car sales are now being channeled into the first quarter,” he says. “In 2003, 48% of sales took place in the first three months of the year. This rose to 53.5% in 2006.” On this basis, McHugh expects ...

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