Irish new-car sales start the year slower than expected, with registrations down 18.8% from like-2012 to 17,293 units as a new number-plate system fails to provide a hoped-for boost, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry says. “There has been a slower start to the year than we would have hoped, given that there appear to be some positive signs on consumer confidence, but our sector has not yet seen any positive impact from this,” SIMI Director General Alan Nolan says in a ...

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