DUBLIN, July 8 (Xinhua) -- A total of 64,344 units of new vehicles were sold in Ireland in the first half of this year, down 35 percent compared with the same period last year, according to figures released by the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Wednesday.
Of all the new vehicles sold in the first six months of this year, new private cars accounted for 49,184 units, down 36.7 percent over a year ago while new goods vehicles accounted for 9,772 units, down 31.7 percent year-on-year.
The remaining 5,388 units of new vehicles sold in the first half of this year included those sold to the government, diplomats, fire services and disabled drivers, said the CSO.
The CSO figures also showed that a total of 35,113 units of used vehicles were sold in the country in the first half of this year, down 46.9 percent compared with the corresponding period last year.
Of the total sales of these used vehicles, 26,581 units were used private cars, down 48.6 percent over a year ago whereas 4,516 units were used goods vehicles, down 40.9 percent year-on-year.
Commenting on the data, CSO's statistician Olive Loughnane said that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the number of vehicles sold in Ireland continued to be felt in June despite a slight improvement over the previous month.
He said that a total of 1,669 units of new private cars were sold in June, up 12 percent from 1,490 new private cars sold in May.