Sales for brand new cars in Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, dipped by 44.62 percent in July compared to the same month last year.
The Marianas Variety reports that last year the figure was a 23.53 percent increase in brand new car sales in July compared with the same period in 2007.
The paper reports that based on the latest reports from the Commonwealth Auto Dealers Association, the three car dealers: Joeten Motors, Microl Corp. and Triple "J" sold only 36 brand new units in July, including: 19 sedans, four trucks, one van and 12 sports utility vehicles.
Last year, they sold 65 cars for the same month.
The dealers sold a total of 232 brand new cars from January to July this year, down by 43.41 percent from last year's 410 cars sold for the same period.
This year's sales include 129 sedans, 27 trucks, 11 vans and 65 SUVs.