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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Apr 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/05/2004   
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MEDIA RELEASE

May 20, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
81/2004

Latest New Motor Vehicle Sales

The trend estimate for total new motor vehicles sales increased 0.5% to 78,697 in April 2004 compared with March 2004. The trend estimate for total new motor vehicle sales has recorded an increase for each month since the beginning of the year.

An increase of 4.6% was recorded in the trend estimate for total new motor vehicle sales in April 2004, compared with April 2003.

Sales of passenger vehicles recorded an increase in the trend estimate of 0.4% in April 2004, compared with March 2004. The trend estimate for sales of other vehicles increased by 0.6% over the same period.

Queensland (14.6%) and Northern Territory (12.7%) recorded the highest increases in the trend estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles in April 2004, compared with April 2003. The Australian Capital Territory recorded the only decrease in sales with a fall of 4.3% over the twelve month period.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles decreased by 1.9% to 77,699 in April 2004, compared with March 2004.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles increased by 2.8% in April 2004, compared with April 2003. Passenger vehicle sales decreased by 1.6% and other vehicle sales increased by 10.9% over the twelve month period.

Sales of New Motor Vehicles, April 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
25,201
20,634
16,282
5,113
7,073
1,427
738
1,231
77,699
Trend
25,730
20,657
16,612
5,164
7,179
1,388
762
1,205
78,697

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.8
0.0
-2.9
-1.6
-2.9
1.6
-7.6
3.2
-1.9
Trend
0.4
0.4
1.3
-0.3
0.2
-2.3
3.5
-0.2
0.5

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.1
1.7
11.2
0.1
9.1
2.2
7.6
-2.2
2.8
Trend
2.0
1.4
14.6
1.9
6.2
0.9
12.7
-4.3
4.6

This publication draws on new motor vehicle sales data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Media please note: Further details are contained in Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (cat. no. 9314.0) available via the ABS web site (www.abs.gov.au).

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