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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, May 2010 Quality Declaration 
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MAY KEY FIGURES

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
26 379
24 063
17 941
5 585
10 627
1 600
878
1 412
88 484

Change from previous month (%)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.0
-6.1
0.1
-1.0
-6.5
-3.3
2.3
3.3
-3.2

Change from previous year (%)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
12.7
19.0
12.6
13.9
29.8
11.0
19.3
17.9
16.4

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

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Short term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Short term



MAY KEY POINTS


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
  • Following the Commonwealth Budget in May 2009, the eligibility period for the Small Business and General Business Tax Break was extended to December 2009. The rebate level was also increased for small businesses, allowing eligible businesses to claim an increased tax deduction on the purchase of new motor vehicles.
  • The trend series attempts to measure the underlying behaviour in new motor vehicle sales. In the short term, this measurement may be significantly affected by unusual influences in the original and seasonally adjusted data, like those observed in May and June 2009. If the trend estimates in the publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would be likely to provide a misleading view of the underlying trend in new motor vehicle sales activity.
  • The new motor vehicle sales trend series has therefore been suspended from May 2009. The trend series will be reintroduced when more certainty emerges in the underlying behaviour of new car sales.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates can still be produced and will continue to be published as usual.
  • This publication shows the trend series to April 2009 and seasonally adjusted series to May 2010.


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally Adjusted - The May 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (88 484) decreased by 3.2% when compared to April 2010. The May 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for total new motor vehicle sales increased by 16.4% when compared to the May 2009 estimate.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • When comparing May 2010 with April 2010 Sports utility vehicles and Passenger vehicles decreased by 6.7% and 3.8% respectively. Other vehicles increased by 3.1%.
  • When comparing May 2010 to May 2009, sales of Sports utility vehicles increased by 27.0%, Passenger vehicles by 17.9% and Other vehicles by 3.0%.


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, sales of new motor vehicles decreased in five of the eight states or territories for May 2010 compared to April 2010. Western Australia recorded the largest percentage decrease of 6.5%, followed by Victoria and Tasmania, with decreases of 6.1% and 3.3% respectively. New motor vehicle sales increased for Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory by 3.3% and 2.3% respectively over the same period.
  • All states and territories increased when comparing May 2010 to May 2009 with Western Australia and the Northern Territory recording the largest percentage increases of 29.8% and 19.3% respectively.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2010 15 July 2010
July 2010 16 August 2010
August 2010 15 September 2010
September 2010 18 October 2010
October 2010 15 November 2010
November 2010 15 December 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents details for the Sales of New Motor Vehicles for May 2010.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Long term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Long term


New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Short term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Short term

New motor vehicle sales by type of vehicle

Count Passenger vehicles
Count Sports utility vehicles
Count Other vehicles
Count Total vehicles
Change Passenger vehicles
Change Sports utility vehicles
Change Other vehicles
Change Total vehicles
no.
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%
%

Trend

2009
March
42 983
14 158
15 271
72 412
-1.0
0.4
-2.6
-1.0
April
42 972
14 277
15 005
72 254
-
0.8
-1.7
-0.2
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
June
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
July
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
August
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
September
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
October
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
November
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
December
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
2010
January
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
February
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
March
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
April
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np

Seasonally Adjusted

2009
March
41 283
13 580
15 299
70 163
-5.7
-4.9
-1.0
-4.5
April
41 998
14 053
14 746
70 797
1.7
3.5
-3.6
0.9
May
43 928
15 171
16 922
76 022
4.6
8.0
14.8
7.4
June
44 900
16 247
19 890
81 036
2.2
7.1
17.5
6.6
July
45 233
15 061
14 628
74 922
0.7
-7.3
-26.5
-7.5
August
45 833
14 851
14 860
75 545
1.3
-1.4
1.6
0.8
September
46 543
15 363
16 722
78 627
1.5
3.4
12.5
4.1
October
47 285
16 405
18 705
82 395
1.6
6.8
11.9
4.8
November
47 892
18 920
20 574
87 385
1.3
15.3
10.0
6.1
December
47 073
19 763
23 741
90 577
-1.7
4.5
15.4
3.7
2010
January
49 181
18 953
19 794
87 928
4.5
-4.1
-16.6
-2.9
February
49 341
18 899
18 061
86 302
0.3
-0.3
-8.8
-1.8
March
49 629
17 734
16 487
83 851
0.6
-6.2
-8.7
-2.8
April
53 836
20 634
16 904
91 374
8.5
16.4
2.5
9.0
May
51 790
19 260
17 435
88 484
-3.8
-6.7
3.1
-3.2

Original

2009
March
43 484
15 022
17 144
75 650
2.4
9.7
21.8
7.7
April
36 697
13 092
14 176
63 965
-15.6
-12.8
-17.3
-15.4
May
42 245
15 562
17 634
75 441
15.1
18.9
24.4
17.9
June
55 837
20 459
26 551
102 847
32.2
31.5
50.6
36.3
July
46 099
14 752
14 482
75 333
-17.4
-27.9
-45.5
-26.8
August
44 918
13 972
14 397
73 287
-2.6
-5.3
-0.6
-2.7
September
47 284
14 443
16 404
78 131
5.3
3.4
13.9
6.6
October
46 544
15 741
18 528
80 813
-1.6
9.0
12.9
3.4
November
47 059
18 360
20 414
85 833
1.1
16.6
10.2
6.2
December
46 623
19 616
22 469
88 708
-0.9
6.8
10.1
3.3
2010
January
43 580
16 900
14 384
74 864
-6.5
-13.8
-36.0
-15.6
February
47 829
18 073
16 317
82 219
9.7
6.9
13.4
9.8
March
53 717
21 643
19 384
94 744
12.3
19.8
18.8
15.2
April
47 156
18 067
16 178
81 401
-12.2
-16.5
-16.5
-14.1
May
50 450
20 065
18 703
89 218
7.0
11.1
15.6
9.6

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

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.

Trend

2009
March
22 231
18 937
15 243
4 588
8 087
1 395
714
1 217
72 412
April
22 251
18 898
15 223
4 584
7 983
1 398
712
1 205
72 254
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
June
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
July
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
August
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
September
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
October
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
November
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
December
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
2010
January
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
February
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
March
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
April
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np

Seasonally Adjusted

2009
March
21 451
18 233
14 641
4 606
8 070
1 398
615
1 150
70 163
April
22 048
18 283
14 958
4 478
7 702
1 379
723
1 225
70 797
May
23 397
20 225
15 933
4 902
8 189
1 442
735
1 198
76 022
June
24 618
21 421
17 317
5 167
8 835
1 551
745
1 382
81 036
July
23 227
19 854
15 882
4 842
7 833
1 290
790
1 204
74 922
August
23 666
19 423
16 159
4 889
7 947
1 474
777
1 210
75 545
September
24 471
20 652
16 896
5 235
8 011
1 372
759
1 233
78 627
October
25 033
21 992
17 588
5 578
8 597
1 524
771
1 312
82 395
November
26 627
23 651
18 630
5 770
8 990
1 499
890
1 329
87 385
December
28 184
23 280
19 746
6 051
9 366
1 823
813
1 313
90 577
2010
January
26 246
23 505
18 488
5 989
9 709
1 745
921
1 325
87 928
February
26 423
23 134
17 867
5 469
9 623
1 652
804
1 328
86 302
March
25 383
23 414
16 858
5 315
8 995
1 713
844
1 329
83 851
April
26 925
25 634
17 927
5 639
11 370
1 654
858
1 367
91 374
May
26 379
24 063
17 941
5 585
10 627
1 600
878
1 412
88 484

Original

2009
March
23 550
19 503
16 124
4 779
8 329
1 388
718
1 259
75 650
April
19 596
16 395
13 801
4 128
7 043
1 146
772
1 084
63 965
May
22 958
19 995
15 884
5 025
8 150
1 404
851
1 174
75 441
June
31 089
26 508
23 509
6 406
10 838
1 814
991
1 692
102 847
July
23 472
19 884
16 403
4 632
7 817
1 184
761
1 180
75 333
August
22 704
18 848
15 661
4 696
8 003
1 476
723
1 176
73 287
September
24 367
20 857
16 255
5 141
8 217
1 382
698
1 214
78 131
October
24 251
21 989
16 830
5 506
8 763
1 520
696
1 258
80 813
November
26 559
23 417
17 719
5 698
8 702
1 619
810
1 309
85 833
December
26 848
23 398
18 995
6 213
8 967
2 242
737
1 308
88 708
2010
January
22 820
19 746
15 253
5 151
8 521
1 487
716
1 170
74 864
February
25 708
21 924
16 744
5 242
9 048
1 474
742
1 337
82 219
March
29 083
26 380
19 480
5 950
9 636
1 711
1 038
1 466
94 744
April
23 616
22 660
16 326
4 944
10 331
1 406
872
1 246
81 401
May
26 531
23 994
18 370
5 798
10 604
1 527
997
1 397
89 218

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



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