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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Oct 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2004   
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MEDIA RELEASE

November 19, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
162/2004

Latest new motor vehicle sales data

The trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles increased 1.2% to 82,234 in October 2004. When compared with October 2003 (77,967) the trend estimate has shown an increase of 5.5%.

Sales of passenger vehicles and sports utility vehicles also recorded increases of 1.2% over the last month. The trend estimate for sales of sports utility vehicles has been increasing continually since September 2003, recording a total increase of 21.4% since this time.

All states and territories recorded increases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in October 2004.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles rose 3.0% to 84,177 in October 2004. Passenger vehicle sales increased 3.7% to 51,978 and sales of sports utility vehicles increased 1.3% to 15,499. Sales of other new vehicles increased 2.5% to 16,700 in October 2004.
SALES OF NEW MOTOR VEHICLES, October 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT
ACT
Aust.

VEHICLE SALES
Seasonally Adjusted
26,154
23,011
17,430
5,613
7,963
1,987
771
1,248
84,177
Trend
25,716
21,624
17,494
5,465
8,099
1,861
768
1,207
82,234


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
Seasonally Adjusted
1.9
10.3
-0.3
3.9
-5.4
5.6
-6.1
3.7
3.0
Trend
0.6
2.1
0.5
1.4
1.8
3.3
1.6
0.5
1.2


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
Seasonally Adjusted
6.1
14.3
11.2
6.1
11.1
2.6
22.8
0.9
9.8
Trend
-0.3
4.5
12.9
3.0
13.0
16.0
21.1
-4.7
5.5

(a) The ABS advises the seasonally adjusted number of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania should not be used in reporting. The small numbers and volatile nature of these data in recent months make reliable estimation of the seasonal pattern very difficult. The seasonally adjusted figures for Australia and other states/territories remain unaffected.

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).

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