Ireland’s adoption of a split-year number-plate system pays off, with more new cars sold on July 1 than the whole of June as buyers rushed to get vehicles with the new plates. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry reports the first day of the so-called 132 registration plate saw 1,927 new cars sold, compared with 140 on July 2 last year, the first trading day of the month. The first day of the month in 2012 was a Sunday. “Car sales (on July 1) exceeded sales on the first ...

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