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MEDIA RELEASE

February 19, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
19/2003
Rising trend in new car sales

The trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales increased by 0.7% in January 2003 compared with December 2002. Passenger vehicle sales increased by 0.8% over the same period and other vehicle sales increased by 0.7%.

The Northern Territory recorded the largest increase in sales of any state or territory (2.2%) in January 2003 compared with December 2002. Queensland was the only state or territory to record a decrease in sales (0.5%) over the same period.

Seasonally adjusted estimates increased by 24.0% in January 2003 compared with December 2002. Other vehicle sales increased by 35.2% and passenger vehicle sales increased by 18.4% from December 2002 to January 2003. Unusually low December 2002 sales and unusually high January 2003 sales caused the large movements in this series.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, January 2003

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT


Vehicle Sales

Seasonally Adjusted
26,458
21,064
14,557
5,236
6,981
1,359
673
1,359
Trend
23,752
19,544
13,157
4,674
6,358
1,246
638
1,213

Percentage change from previous month

Seasonally Adjusted
27.1
18.9
25.2
26.5
25.5
25.8
10.1
23.9
Trend
0.8
0.9
-0.5
2.0
1.4
0.6
2.2
1.8

Percentage change from previous year

Seasonally Adjusted
2.3
5.9
7.9
7.2
7.0
2.8
0.0
9.1
Trend
-0.3
4.8
5.6
10.1
3.6
-2.7
0.3
4.7


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

Media please note:

Further details are in Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Electronic Publication, (cat. no. 9314.0) available via this web site.

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