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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (Electronic Publication), Dec 2005  
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The Publication

This publication presents monthly information on sales of new motor vehicles in each state/territory in original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimated terms. The original data are sourced from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Sales data are available for passenger vehicles, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), other vehicles and total vehicles at the state/territory and national levels.


DECEMBER 2005 KEY POINTS

Trend

The December 2005 trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (80,692) decreased 0.5% compared with the November 2005 estimate. This is the tenth consecutive month in which the trend estimate has recorded a decrease. Since December 2004, the trend estimate has decreased 2.2%.

Decreases were recorded in December 2005 compared with November 2005 for the trend estimate of sales of passenger vehicles (0.7%), sports utility vehicles (0.2%) and other vehicles (0.2%). Compared with December 2004, decreases were recorded for sales of passenger vehicles (2.5%) and sports utility vehicles (5.8%), while sales of other vehicles showed an increase of 2.1%.

Most states and territories recorded decreases in the trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles in December 2005 compared with November 2005, with Tasmania (2.2%) and the Northern Territory (2.1%) recording the largest decreases. South Australia (0.4%), Western Australia (0.3%) and Victoria (0.2%) all recorded increases over this time.

When compared with December 2004, all states and territories recorded decreases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles, except Western Australia which recorded an increase of 11.1%. Tasmania recorded the largest decrease (10.8%).

Seasonally adjusted

The December 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (81,096) increased 0.8% compared with the November 2005 estimate.

Increases were recorded in seasonally adjusted estimates for sports utility vehicles (8.1%) and other vehicles (1.0%) in December 2005 compared with November 2005, while passenger vehicles recorded a decrease of 1.4%.

When the seasonally adjusted estimates for December 2005 were compared with November 2005, five states and territories recorded increases with Tasmania (8.7%) and the Northern Territory (5.7%) recording the largest increases. Western Australia (2.0%), the Australian Capital Territory (1.9%) and South Australia (0.8%) recorded decreases.

Sales of new motor vehicles, December 2005
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales
Seasonally adjusted
24,455
21,785
17,341
5,275
8,710
1,584
761
1,185
81,096
Trend
24,278
21,466
17,286
5,294
8,871
1,556
737
1,204
80,692


Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally adjusted
0.8
2.0
0.4
-0.8
-2.0
8.7
5.7
-1.9
0.8
Trend
-0.9
0.2
-1.2
0.4
0.3
-2.2
-2.1
-1.6
-0.5

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally adjusted
-1.1
4.4
1.0
10.1
20.9
-5.5
9.8
-2.1
3.5
Trend
-7.3
-0.6
-1.5
-2.1
11.1
-10.8
-2.5
-5.4
-2.2

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUERELEASE DATE
January 200621 February 2006
February 200622 March 2006
March 200624 April 2006
April 200622 May 2006
May 200622 June 2006
June 200621 July 2006
TREND REVISIONS

Trend estimates are likely to be revised when new seasonally adjusted estimates become available. For further information, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 11 and 12.

The graph below presents the effect of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimates.

1The January 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the December 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.
2The January 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the December 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.

The percentage change of 3.6% was chosen because the average absolute percentage change over the last 10 years has been 3.6%.

Graph: Trend revisions



SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES


Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales(a), Total Vehicles-LongTerm



Graph: New Motor vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles-Short Term


Table 1: New motor vehicle sales by type of vehicle

Passenger vehicles (No.)
Sports utility vehicles (No.)
Other vehicles (No.)
Total vehicles (No.)
Change passenger vehicles (%)
Change sports utility vehicles (%)
Change other vehicles (%)
Change total vehicles (%)

Original

2004October
52,290
13,907
15,470
81,667
4.8
-5.5
-2.2
1.5
November
52,888
15,257
16,190
84,335
1.1
9.7
4.7
3.3
December
48,673
14,311
15,996
78,980
-8.0
-6.2
-1.2
-6.3
2005January
43,075
13,826
12,664
69,565
-11.5
-3.4
-20.8
-11.9
February
50,645
15,478
14,886
81,009
17.6
11.9
17.5
16.5
March
53,280
17,348
15,798
86,426
5.2
12.1
6.1
6.7
April
46,645
13,749
15,936
76,330
-12.5
-20.7
0.9
-11.7
May
50,420
15,329
17,981
83,730
8.1
11.5
12.8
9.7
June
60,720
18,229
22,958
101,907
20.4
18.9
27.7
21.7
July
48,931
13,716
15,652
78,299
-19.4
-24.8
-31.8
-23.2
August
53,650
15,173
17,356
86,179
9.6
10.6
10.9
10.1
September
52,118
15,080
17,242
84,440
-2.9
-0.6
-0.7
-2.0
October
48,434
12,503
15,181
76,118
-7.1
-17.1
-12.0
-9.9
November
52,751
14,252
16,535
83,538
8.9
14.0
8.9
9.7
December
47,945
15,046
16,286
79,277
-9.1
5.6
-1.5
-5.1

Seasonally adjusted

2004October
52,259
15,786
16,656
84,701
6.1
4.0
4.0
5.3
November
50,363
15,129
15,826
81,318
-3.6
-4.2
-5.0
-4.0
December
48,274
13,982
16,089
78,345
-4.1
-7.6
1.7
-3.7
2005January
52,748
16,040
17,172
85,960
9.3
14.7
6.7
9.7
February
52,875
16,219
16,071
85,165
0.2
1.1
-6.4
-0.9
March
49,944
15,766
15,654
81,364
-5.5
-2.8
-2.6
-4.5
April
51,115
15,023
16,808
82,946
2.3
-4.7
7.4
1.9
May
50,970
14,585
16,665
82,220
-0.3
-2.9
-0.9
-0.9
June
51,000
14,264
16,561
81,825
0.1
-2.2
-0.6
-0.5
July
50,872
14,656
16,448
81,976
-0.3
2.7
-0.7
0.2
August
51,604
14,788
17,185
83,577
1.4
0.9
4.5
2.0
September
51,565
15,930
17,043
84,538
-0.1
7.7
-0.8
1.1
October
48,618
14,123
16,329
79,070
-5.7
-11.3
-4.2
-6.5
November
49,963
13,976
16,552
80,491
2.8
-1.0
1.4
1.8
December
49,273
15,108
16,715
81,096
-1.4
8.1
1.0
0.8

Trend

2004October
49,486
15,233
16,174
80,893
1.2
0.7
0.8
1.0
November
50,110
15,379
16,256
81,745
1.3
1.0
0.5
1.1
December
50,672
15,543
16,298
82,513
1.1
1.1
0.3
0.9
2005January
51,079
15,634
16,318
83,031
0.8
0.6
0.1
0.6
February
51,263
15,607
16,329
83,199
0.4
-0.2
0.1
0.2
March
51,281
15,429
16,347
83,057
0.0
-1.1
0.1
-0.2
April
51,244
15,175
16,418
82,837
-0.1
-1.6
0.4
-0.3
May
51,180
14,932
16,531
82,643
-0.1
-1.6
0.7
-0.2
June
51,107
14,740
16,649
82,496
-0.1
-1.3
0.7
-0.2
July
51,021
14,667
16,750
82,438
-0.2
-0.5
0.6
-0.1
August
50,886
14,698
16,781
82,365
-0.3
0.2
0.2
-0.1
September
50,553
14,721
16,747
82,021
-0.7
0.2
-0.2
-0.4
October
50,148
14,701
16,710
81,559
-0.8
-0.1
-0.2
-0.6
November
49,757
14,671
16,672
81,100
-0.8
-0.2
-0.2
-0.6
December
49,407
14,646
16,639
80,692
-0.7
-0.2
-0.2
-0.5

Table 2: New motor vehicle sales by state/territory of registration

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)

Original

2004October
25,621
22,747
16,079
5,413
7,875
1,981
709
1,242
81,667
November
26,619
23,052
17,117
5,450
8,157
1,944
694
1,302
84,335
December
24,315
21,700
16,537
4,998
7,341
2,245
647
1,197
78,980
2005January
22,467
18,015
14,530
4,466
6,931
1,478
560
1,118
69,565
February
25,754
20,580
17,837
5,489
7,880
1,431
776
1,262
81,009
March
27,474
21,963
19,114
5,452
8,623
1,571
888
1,341
86,426
April
24,329
19,497
16,789
5,034
7,329
1,371
858
1,123
76,330
May
26,204
21,882
18,221
5,534
8,066
1,639
912
1,272
83,730
June
30,695
25,402
24,613
6,561
9,986
2,052
1,183
1,415
101,907
July
24,905
19,923
17,559
4,794
7,684
1,435
764
1,235
78,299
August
26,292
22,552
19,330
5,458
8,714
1,689
751
1,393
86,179
September
25,457
22,044
18,344
5,243
9,125
2,151
793
1,283
84,440
October
22,949
20,289
16,026
5,030
8,349
1,655
659
1,161
76,118
November
25,716
22,428
17,181
5,500
9,107
1,667
690
1,249
83,538
December
23,054
22,110
16,208
5,335
8,664
2,080
690
1,136
79,277

Seasonally adjusted

2004October
26,070
23,484
17,486
5,670
7,967
1,955
788
1,281
84,701
November
25,667
21,548
17,177
5,255
8,012
1,700
722
1,237
81,318
December
24,730
20,870
17,170
4,791
7,204
1,676
693
1,211
78,345
2005January
27,420
22,656
18,065
5,597
8,316
1,844
756
1,306
85,960
February
27,469
21,601
18,406
5,656
8,133
1,713
859
1,328
85,165
March
26,172
20,849
17,371
5,333
7,734
1,760
785
1,360
81,364
April
26,009
21,213
18,508
5,429
8,269
1,591
780
1,147
82,946
May
25,378
21,428
18,211
5,413
8,104
1,671
791
1,224
82,220
June
24,874
21,304
18,663
5,204
7,940
1,795
850
1,195
81,825
July
25,276
21,211
18,167
5,165
8,424
1,617
819
1,297
81,976
August
25,921
21,770
18,173
5,227
8,747
1,629
809
1,301
83,577
September
26,011
21,654
18,388
5,299
9,020
2,014
839
1,313
84,538
October
23,519
20,840
17,357
5,228
8,599
1,610
727
1,190
79,070
November
24,269
21,361
17,273
5,317
8,886
1,457
720
1,208
80,491
December
24,455
21,785
17,341
5,275
8,710
1,584
761
1,185
81,096

Trend

2004October
25,550
21,111
17,257
5,367
7,942
1,704
746
1,216
80,893
November
25,851
21,417
17,389
5,387
7,974
1,734
749
1,244
81,745
December
26,197
21,596
17,550
5,409
7,988
1,744
756
1,273
82,513
2005January
26,455
21,626
17,736
5,430
7,990
1,741
765
1,288
83,031
February
26,503
21,541
17,926
5,443
7,994
1,730
779
1,283
83,199
March
26,330
21,416
18,094
5,440
8,005
1,713
792
1,267
83,057
April
26,057
21,327
18,239
5,408
8,049
1,697
808
1,252
82,837
May
25,765
21,303
18,343
5,348
8,131
1,691
817
1,245
82,643
June
25,506
21,319
18,372
5,280
8,261
1,692
819
1,247
82,496
July
25,331
21,368
18,313
5,239
8,425
1,692
816
1,254
82,438
August
25,209
21,411
18,164
5,236
8,591
1,684
807
1,263
82,365
September
25,010
21,411
17,936
5,244
8,712
1,659
790
1,259
82,021
October
24,753
21,413
17,700
5,257
8,795
1,627
771
1,243
81,559
November
24,497
21,429
17,488
5,272
8,846
1,591
753
1,224
81,100
December
24,278
21,466
17,286
5,294
8,871
1,556
737
1,204
80,692

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

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