Ludhiana,, Nov. 13 -- Notwithstanding the much-needed push given to the automobile sector by the festive season, the ongoing pandemic continues to cast its shadow on the business, as was seen on Dhanteras on Thursday.

While two-wheeler sales were down by half as compared to past few years, four-wheelers saw a better response, yet remained limited to around 90% of the expected sales.

Sanju Chawla, manager at Honda Pioneer, near Dholewal Chowk, said, "The financial crunch being faced by consumers was taking a toll on the automobile business as well. While earlier, we used to remain busy all day on Dhanteras, we recorded barely half the sales this year."

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