DUBLIN, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,751 units of new cars were sold in Ireland in May, down by 72.3 percent when compared with 6,320 units sold in the same month of last year, said the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) on Tuesday.
Total sales of new cars in the country for the first five months of this year stood at 51,904 units, down 34.6 percent compared to 79,350 units sold a year ago, said the SIMI, an industry organization which represents the motor traders in the country.
"Retailer's showrooms remained closed until May 18, as a result of COVID-19 impacting heavily on sales," said the SIMI in a press release.
The commercial vehicle sector was also impacted, said the SIMI.
According to the SIMI, sales of light commercial vehicles were down by 70.3 percent to 510 units in May when compared with 1,717 units sold in the same month of last year, whereas sales of heavy goods vehicles were down by 69.8 percent to 90 units in the month when compared with a year ago.
In the January-May period of this year, a total of 10,016 units of light commercial vehicles and 1,141 units of heavy goods vehicles were sold in the country, down by 31.3 percent and 23.2 percent year-on-year, respectively, showed the SIMI figures.
The SIMI figures also showed a 90.8-percent decrease in the sales of used cars in the country in May and a 58.9-percent decrease in the sales of such cars in the first five months of this year.