Car sales down by 24 percent in September Idul Fitri holiday season had forced Indonesia's car sales in September to experience a steep decline by about 24 percent from the previous month, the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) said Saturday.

The association's data show that the car sales went down to 49,137 units in September from 64,762 in August after recording 72,090 units sold in July, which was the highest achievement in the first nine months of this year.

Gaikindo deputy chairman Jongkie D. Sugiarto said that the holiday season had thwarted the sales activities due to limited working day. Most car distributors close their offices a week before and after the holiday.

However, he believed that the sales would rebound in the last three months of this year.

“This trend happens every year. The Idul Fitri holiday season is always a slow period for car sales in the country,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Despite the decline, the country's car sales remain steady this year. In September, the sales managed to record a 32 percent growth from the same month last year, which reached only 37,208 units.[]


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