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MEDIA RELEASE

February 19, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
28/2004

Latest motor vehicle sales data

The trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles fell by 0.7% from December 2003 to 76,437 in January 2004. The trend estimate has fallen over the last five months following more than 12 months of consecutive growth.

The trend estimate for passenger vehicle sales has declined over the last five months, while the trend estimate for sales of other vehicles has continued to increase.

Growth in the trend estimate of 6.4% was recorded for January 2004 when compared with January 2003. Sales of passenger vehicles increased by 2.3% and sales of other vehicles increased by 13.9% over the period.

The trend estimate for January 2004 fell when compared with December 2003 for all states/territories. Tasmania recorded the largest percentage decrease (3.0%).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for January 2004 increased by 7.7% when compared with December 2003. The Northern Territory (0.6%) and Australian Capital Territory (0.1%) were the only states/territories to record a decrease in the seasonally adjusted estimate.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, January 2004

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
26,000
20,564
16,056
5,320
7,262
1,553
620
1,231
78,606
Trend
25,069
20,266
15,364
5,243
7,103
1,533
625
1,234
76,437

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
8.8
4.5
12.3
4.2
5.8
22.7
-0.6
-0.1
7.7
Trend
-1.0
-0.6
-0.5
-0.4
-0.2
-3.0
-0.8
-1.2
-0.7

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
6.2
4.5
17.1
9.9
10.5
19.1
-5.8
-0.6
8.4
Trend
3.4
3.4
12.2
10.1
10.3
20.1
-4.7
3.4
6.4


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, Electronic Publication, (cat. no. 9314.0) available via the ABS website.

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