Real estate, car sales hit by storms, 'worst since covid'

Real estate, car sales hit by storms, 'worst since covid'
The perfect storm: weather, economy and government intervention. (Image: Getty)
Brent Melville
Flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle put the brakes on both vehicle and housing sales last month, sparking references to a "perfect storm" by dealers in both markets.Last month, new car registrations were down 23.7% year-on-year at 2,960 units, the lowest sales figures for any month of February in nine years.Combined with the impact of government 'clean car' taxes on heavier vehicles, sales of commercial vehicles were down almost a third, at 1,574 units, compared to last February. Motor Industry Association (MIA) chief executiv...

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