In May, vehicle registrations in Ireland fell by 4.59% with respect to May of 2016. In total, 165,312 cars were registered and 165,312 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 4.59% less than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of May is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 28,583, 2.61% less than in May of 2016.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 5,988, which represents a figure of 7.93% less than in May of 2016.
Ireland is the 22th-placed country in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.
A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Irish residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 35.23 cars per 1,000 residents, 35.23 of them in the last month, Ireland, occupies 16th place in the ranking.
As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .
Changes in Irish vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have declined since 2007, as 236,760 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 54.55.
Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Ireland. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Ireland in en Irish economy.