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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (Electronic Publication), May 2006  
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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.

MAY 2006 KEY POINTS

Trend

Trend estimates have been in decline since reaching a peak in February 2005. The May 2006 trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (79,773) decreased 0.5% compared with the April 2006 estimate.

Sports utility vehicles recorded the largest decrease from April 2006 to May 2006, falling 1.1%. The trend estimate for sales of passenger vehicles decreased 0.4% over the same period and other vehicles 0.3%.

Trend estimates for passenger vehicles have been decreasing since May 2005, sports utility vehicles since October 2005 and other vehicles since September 2005.

Only three states/territories showed an increase in their monthly trend estimate from April 2006 to May 2006. They were Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia with increases of 0.2%, 0.3% and 0.9% respectively.

Seasonally adjusted

The May 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (80,032) increased 0.5% compared with the April 2006 estimate.

Tasmania and Western Australia had the largest increases during this period, with 6.4% and 4.1% respectively. The Australian Capital Territory had the largest decrease of 2.0%.

Over this period, passenger vehicles increased 0.7%, other vehicles increased 0.2% and sports utility vehicles decreased 0.2%.


New motor vehicles sales, May 2006
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales
Seasonally adjusted
23 926
20 190
17 860
5 332
9 237
1 589
737
1 161
80 032
Trend
24 264
20 150
17 678
5 220
8 944
1 577
755
1 185
79 773


Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally adjusted
-0.6
-1.5
2.5
-0.4
4.1
6.4
-1.1
-2.0
0.5
Trend
-1.2
-1.1
0.2
0.3
0.9
-0.1
-1.3
-0.9
-0.5

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally adjusted
-5.7
-6.8
-1.2
-1.5
14.5
-4.4
-6.5
-6.3
-2.7
Trend
-5.9
-6.2
-3.9
-2.8
9.5
-7.3
-7.7
-5.6
-3.9

(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
June 200621 July 2006
July 200622 August 2006
August 200621 September 2006
September 200620 October 2006
October 200621 November 2006
November 200621 December 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 June 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the May 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.6%.
2The June 2006 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the May 2006 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

2005March
53 282
17 454
15 902
86 638
5.2
12.4
6.2
6.8
April
46 651
13 812
16 024
76 487
-12.4
-20.9
0.8
-11.7
May
50 463
15 430
18 061
83 954
8.2
11.7
12.7
9.8
June
60 781
18 317
23 047
102 145
20.4
18.7
27.6
21.7
July
49 016
13 822
15 803
78 641
-19.4
-24.5
-31.4
-23.0
August
53 648
15 173
17 356
86 177
9.4
9.8
9.8
9.6
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
2006January
43 761
13 251
12 991
70 003
-8.7
-11.9
-20.2
-11.7
February
48 483
13 506
15 457
77 446
10.8
1.9
19.0
10.6
March
53 188
15 896
18 072
87 156
9.7
17.7
16.9
12.5
April
42 307
11 901
14 442
68 650
-20.5
-25.1
-20.1
-21.2
May
50 683
14 816
17 958
83 457
19.8
24.5
24.3
21.6

Seasonally adjusted

2005March
50 088
15 850
15 656
81 594
-4.7
-3.0
-3.2
-4.1
April
51 398
15 230
17 056
83 684
2.6
-3.9
8.9
2.6
May
50 842
14 735
16 707
82 284
-1.1
-3.3
-2.0
-1.7
June
51 166
14 386
16 645
82 197
0.6
-2.4
-0.4
-0.1
July
51 020
14 749
16 532
82 301
-0.3
2.5
-0.7
0.1
August
51 613
14 789
17 308
83 710
1.2
0.3
4.7
1.7
September
51 569
15 937
17 051
84 557
-0.1
7.8
-1.5
1.0
October
48 641
14 127
16 374
79 142
-5.7
-11.4
-4.0
-6.4
November
50 103
13 864
16 535
80 502
3.0
-1.9
1.0
1.7
December
49 610
15 015
16 735
81 360
-1.0
8.3
1.2
1.1
2006January
51 303
14 742
16 985
83 030
3.4
-1.8
1.5
2.1
February
50 159
14 221
16 716
81 096
-2.2
-3.5
-1.6
-2.3
March
48 629
14 018
16 676
79 323
-3.1
-1.4
-0.2
-2.2
April
49 311
13 833
16 516
79 660
1.4
-1.3
-1.0
0.4
May
49 669
13 809
16 554
80 032
0.7
-0.2
0.2
0.5

Trend

2005March
51 235
15 536
16 435
83 206
0.1
-0.8
0.3
-0.0
April
51 267
15 313
16 520
83 100
0.1
-1.4
0.5
-0.1
May
51 257
15 074
16 639
82 970
-0.0
-1.6
0.7
-0.2
June
51 201
14 865
16 751
82 817
-0.1
-1.4
0.7
-0.2
July
51 070
14 742
16 832
82 644
-0.3
-0.8
0.5
-0.2
August
50 885
14 720
16 850
82 455
-0.4
-0.1
0.1
-0.2
September
50 629
14 726
16 804
82 159
-0.5
0.0
-0.3
-0.4
October
50 365
14 702
16 762
81 829
-0.5
-0.2
-0.2
-0.4
November
50 166
14 630
16 743
81 539
-0.4
-0.5
-0.1
-0.4
December
50 019
14 521
16 721
81 261
-0.3
-0.7
-0.1
-0.3
2006January
49 922
14 396
16 712
81 030
-0.2
-0.9
-0.1
-0.3
February
49 827
14 275
16 710
80 812
-0.2
-0.8
-0.0
-0.3
March
49 684
14 136
16 685
80 505
-0.3
-1.0
-0.1
-0.4
April
49 543
14 002
16 645
80 190
-0.3
-0.9
-0.2
-0.4
May
49 332
13 853
16 588
79 773
-0.4
-1.1
-0.3
-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

2005March
27 528
22 031
19 171
5 471
8 633
1 574
889
1 341
86 638
April
24 354
19 557
16 831
5 048
7 339
1 375
859
1 124
76 487
May
26 248
21 964
18 285
5 549
8 080
1 641
913
1 274
83 954
June
30 745
25 493
24 656
6 586
10 013
2 052
1 185
1 415
102 145
July
24 998
20 025
17 631
4 813
7 727
1 438
767
1 242
78 641
August
26 292
22 550
19 330
5 458
8 714
1 689
751
1 393
86 177
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
2006January
21 995
17 876
15 107
4 380
7 604
1 295
616
1 130
70 003
February
24 495
19 979
16 452
5 085
8 165
1 373
731
1 166
77 446
March
27 165
21 461
19 833
5 195
9 750
1 540
913
1 299
87 156
April
21 171
17 636
14 820
4 619
7 507
1 129
764
1 004
68 650
May
25 124
20 776
18 774
5 601
9 472
1 623
863
1 224
83 457

Seasonally adjusted

2005March
26 147
20 986
17 353
5 370
7 815
1 767
784
1 372
81 594
April
26 177
21 385
18 765
5 437
8 316
1 651
788
1 165
83 684
May
25 369
21 654
18 086
5 415
8 070
1 663
788
1 239
82 284
June
25 056
21 422
18 640
5 245
7 986
1 789
859
1 200
82 197
July
25 362
21 362
18 179
5 191
8 477
1 622
816
1 292
82 301
August
26 007
21 823
18 213
5 249
8 685
1 624
807
1 302
83 710
September
26 030
21 680
18 340
5 318
9 026
2 012
843
1 308
84 557
October
23 625
20 729
17 466
5 222
8 581
1 601
735
1 183
79 142
November
24 447
21 315
17 222
5 302
8 818
1 474
717
1 207
80 502
December
24 793
21 626
17 449
5 244
8 716
1 578
773
1 181
81 360
2006January
25 754
21 381
18 103
5 305
8 804
1 606
818
1 259
83 030
February
25 421
20 944
17 299
5 254
8 529
1 633
795
1 221
81 096
March
24 670
19 905
17 661
4 849
8 652
1 608
767
1 211
79 323
April
24 077
20 506
17 432
5 352
8 869
1 494
745
1 185
79 660
May
23 926
20 190
17 860
5 332
9 237
1 589
737
1 161
80 032

Trend

2005March
26 241
21 498
18 188
5 448
8 043
1 722
793
1 273
83 206
April
26 024
21 466
18 317
5 424
8 090
1 710
807
1 262
83 100
May
25 799
21 473
18 388
5 370
8 166
1 701
818
1 255
82 970
June
25 590
21 483
18 384
5 305
8 283
1 698
821
1 253
82 817
July
25 403
21 488
18 296
5 260
8 432
1 692
817
1 256
82 644
August
25 236
21 485
18 146
5 248
8 597
1 679
806
1 258
82 455
September
25 070
21 463
17 947
5 258
8 721
1 654
792
1 254
82 159
October
24 957
21 425
17 749
5 269
8 782
1 627
778
1 242
81 829
November
24 922
21 363
17 613
5 266
8 775
1 603
771
1 226
81 539
December
24 931
21 242
17 540
5 247
8 726
1 588
771
1 216
81 261
2006January
24 950
21 056
17 538
5 219
8 699
1 581
775
1 212
81 030
February
24 918
20 836
17 570
5 200
8 722
1 580
775
1 211
80 812
March
24 769
20 593
17 608
5 196
8 783
1 580
772
1 204
80 505
April
24 560
20 372
17 647
5 205
8 866
1 579
765
1 196
80 190
May
24 264
20 150
17 678
5 220
8 944
1 577
755
1 185
79 773

(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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