Richmond Hill, Ontario – Sales of new cars and trucks fell in all provinces in December 2008 when compared to December 2007, with British Columbia registering the most dramatic drop, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

“A rough month of December for every province, with some provinces in a near free fall,” DesRosiers said. “Sales for B.C. were down 31.3 per cent, Ontario down 24.8 per cent, Alberta down 23.9 per cent, and all others very weak. For year-end sales, the best-performing provinces were Newfoundland, up 11.7 per cent, and Saskatchewan, up 7.9 per cent on the year.”

Sales for December 2008 were as follows:

Province December 2008 December 2007 Change %
       
British Columbia 10,967 15,963 -31.3
Alberta 14,958 19,658 -23.9
Saskatchewan  3,260  3,909 -16.6
Manitoba  3,180  3,677 -13.5
Ontario 34,539 45,955 -24.8
Quebec 21,051 23,339 – 9.8
New Brunswick  2,075  2,304 – 9.9
P.E.I.    297    327 – 9.2
Nova Scotia  2,705  3,216 -15.9
Newfoundland  1,391  1,546 -10.0

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