New car sales in Mayo were down 16% in January, compared to the same period last year.

This is considerably lower than the national drop of 5% in sales of new 181 cars.

682 new cars were registered in Mayo last month, compared to 816 in January 2016.

Galway saw a 5% drop in sales, with 6% drop in Sligo and a 9% drop in Roscommon.

The latest report from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry shows that, despite Ireland’s improving economic performance, the impact of sterling weakness and the associated surge in used imports from the UK is slowing down new car sales here.

The used import market is projected to grow by 20% this year.

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