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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Feb 2005  
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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.


FEBRUARY 2005 KEY POINTS

Trend

The February 2005 trend estimate (83,998) for sales of new motor vehicles increased 0.8% on the January 2005 estimate. It is the thirteenth consecutive monthly increase in the trend estimate. Compared with February 2004 (77,960), the trend estimate has increased 7.7%.

February 2005 sales of new sports utility vehicles recorded a trend increase of 1.2% over the previous month, while sales of new passenger vehicles increased 0.9% and other new vehicles increased 0.3%.

The Australian Capital Territory recorded the largest increase (2.0%) in sales of new motor vehicles in February 2005. Tasmania was the only state to record a trend decrease (-0.6%).

Seasonally adjusted

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles for February 2005 recorded a slight decrease (-0.1%) compared with January 2005. Sales of passenger vehicles and sports utility vehicles increased 0.8% and 3.4% respectively, while sales of other new vehicles decreased 6.0%.

Queensland (3.7%), South Australia (1.1%), the Northern Territory (16.7%) and the Australian Capital Territory (2.4%) recorded increases in the seasonally adjusted estimate for the sales of new motor vehicles. Tasmania recorded the largest decrease (-7.6%) over this time.

Sales Of New Motor Vehicles, February 2005
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
27,300
21,925
18,532
5,659
8,181
1,720
854
1,346
85,517
Trend
26,887
22,044
17,805
5,421
8,007
1,763
769
1,302
83,998


Percentage Change From Previous Month
Seasonally Adjusted
-0.3
-2.5
3.7
1.1
-1.9
-7.6
16.7
2.4
-0.1
Trend
1.3
0.0
1.4
0.7
0.4
-0.6
1.9
2.0
0.8


Percentage Change From Previous Year
Seasonally Adjusted
6.2
6.0
12.9
9.7
13.5
11.6
15.2
11.6
8.7
Trend
5.2
7.6
10.3
4.2
11.5
20.7
6.7
7.3
7.7

(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

TREND REVISIONS

Trend estimates are likely to be revised when new seasonally adjusted estimates become available. For further information, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 10 and 11.

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

1The February 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the January 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 4.0%.
2The February 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the January 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 4.0%.

The percentage change of 4.0% was chosen because the average absolute percentage change over the last 10 years has been 4.0%.
graph: Trend Revisions

SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

graph: Summary - New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles - Long Term

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



Table 1: New Motor Vehicle Sales

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

2003December
49,834
13,296
14,656
77,786
2.8
3.1
-0.6
2.2
2004January
40,715
12,291
11,791
64,797
-18.3
-7.6
-19.5
-16.7
February
47,876
12,865
15,136
75,877
17.6
4.7
28.4
17.1
March
53,728
15,005
17,313
86,046
12.2
16.6
14.4
13.4
April
44,079
12,351
14,875
71,305
-18.0
-17.7
-14.1
-17.1
May
46,168
15,052
17,059
78,279
4.7
21.9
14.7
9.8
June
58,284
17,981
20,947
97,212
26.2
19.5
22.8
24.2
July
46,724
14,442
15,869
77,035
-19.8
-19.7
-24.2
-20.8
August
48,649
14,910
15,685
79,244
4.1
3.2
-1.2
2.9
September
49,911
14,715
15,826
80,452
2.6
-1.3
0.9
1.5
October
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2003December
48,649
13,507
15,031
77,187
0.5
2.4
0.8
0.9
2004January
48,812
13,841
15,527
78,180
0.3
2.5
3.3
1.3
February
49,345
13,285
16,016
78,646
1.1
-4.0
3.1
0.6
March
48,751
13,462
16,272
78,485
-1.2
1.3
1.6
-0.2
April
48,354
13,348
15,951
77,653
-0.8
-0.8
-2.0
-1.1
May
47,727
14,461
16,055
78,243
-1.3
8.3
0.7
0.8
June
49,784
14,487
15,412
79,683
4.3
0.2
-4.0
1.8
July
47,264
14,676
15,998
77,938
-5.1
1.3
3.8
-2.2
August
48,261
14,944
15,781
78,986
2.1
1.8
-1.4
1.3
September
50,150
15,216
16,282
81,648
3.9
1.8
3.2
3.4
October
51,950
15,454
16,684
84,088
3.6
1.6
2.5
3.0
November
49,951
15,084
15,684
80,719
-3.8
-2.4
-6.0
-4.0
December
47,557
14,535
16,149
78,241
-4.8
-3.6
3.0
-3.1
2005January
5,2627
15,785
17,167
85,579
10.7
8.6
6.3
9.4
February
5,3060
16,320
16,137
85,517
0.8
3.4
-6.0
-0.1

Trend

2003December
49,310
13,256
15,331
77,897
-1.2
1.4
1.4
-0.3
2004January
48,867
13,402
15,577
77,846
-0.9
1.1
1.6
-0.1
February
48,644
13,515
15,801
77,960
-0.5
0.8
1.4
0.1
March
48,557
13,643
15,940
78,140
-0.2
0.9
0.9
0.2
April
48,446
13,816
15,971
78,233
-0.2
1.3
0.2
0.1
May
48,337
14,078
15,938
78,353
-0.2
1.9
-0.2
0.2
June
48,427
14,422
15,904
78,753
0.2
2.4
-0.2
0.5
July
48,706
14,742
15,899
79,347
0.6
2.2
-0.0
0.8
August
49,062
14,955
15,961
79,978
0.7
1.4
0.4
0.8
September
49,457
15,057
16,074
80,588
0.8
0.7
0.7
0.8
October
49,865
15,121
16,197
81,183
0.8
0.4
0.8
0.7
November
50,300
15,225
16,295
81,820
0.9
0.7
0.6
0.8
December
50,785
15,370
16,370
82,525
1.0
1.0
0.5
0.9
2005January
51,328
15,547
16,424
83,299
1.1
1.2
0.3
0.9
February
51,789
15,728
16,481
83,998
0.9
1.2
0.3
0.8

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

2003December
25,113
21,071
15,265
5,404
7,161
1,860
593
1,319
77,786
2004January
21,216
16,857
13,403
4,334
6,249
1,193
498
1,047
64,797
February
24,955
19,727
15,901
5,059
7,113
1,297
686
1,139
75,877
March
28,118
22,137
18,611
5,561
8,086
1,343
912
1,278
86,046
April
23,033
19,083
14,831
4,670
6,529
1,229
812
1,118
71,305
May
25,649
20,106
16,373
5,215
7,296
1,513
918
1,209
78,279
June
31,438
23,929
22,026
6,436
8,969
1,982
958
1,474
97,212
July
25,031
19,410
17,141
4,949
7,228
1,449
646
1,181
77,035
August
24,795
20,850
17,269
5,414
7,513
1,585
677
1,141
79,244
September
25,241
20,821
17,188
5,289
8,177
1,855
739
1,142
80,452
October
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2003December
25,919
20,499
15,114
5,196
7,189
1,370
646
1,254
7,7187
2004January
25,764
20,560
16,059
5,312
7,153
1,460
659
1,213
78,180
February
25,705
20,677
16,411
5,158
7,207
1,541
741
1,206
78,646
March
25,648
20,313
16,671
5,179
7,288
1,414
775
1,197
78,485
April
25,263
20,470
16,215
5,150
7,087
1,474
768
1,226
77,653
May
25,104
20,293
16,643
5,213
7,504
1,519
773
1,194
78,243
June
25,497
20,325
17,604
5,257
7,215
1,853
726
1,206
79,683
July
25,216
19,585
17,081
5,031
7,610
1,517
685
1,213
77,938
August
24,950
20,620
17,055
5,330
7,630
1,541
728
1,132
78,986
September
25,663
21,078
17,262
5,370
8,407
1,850
810
1,208
81,648
October
26,032
23,069
17,419
5,644
7,961
1,945
764
1,254
84,088
November
25,479
21,471
16,813
5,269
8,058
1,690
708
1,231
80,719
December
25,175
21,078
16,547
4,767
7,156
1,657
702
1,159
78,241
2005January
27,378
22,485
17,870
5,600
8,339
1,861
732
1,314
85,579
February
27,300
21,925
18,532
5,659
8,181
1,720
854
1,346
85,517

Trend

2003December
25,710
20,595
15,751
5,264
7,154
1,519
666
1,238
77,897
2004January
25,610
20,536
15,915
5,230
7,164
1,475
693
1,223
77,846
February
25,552
20,483
16,144
5,203
7,183
1,461
721
1,213
77,960
March
25,503
20,412
16,410
5,183
7,202
1,477
744
1,209
78,140
April
25,412
20,285
16,658
5,167
7,241
1,510
757
1,203
78,233
May
25,299
20,177
16,875
5,167
7,319
1,557
761
1,198
78,353
June
25,249
20,217
17,050
5,205
7,466
1,608
762
1,196
78,753
July
25,260
20,428
17,153
5,255
7,639
1,659
759
1,194
79,347
August
25,297
20,779
17,168
5,292
7,787
1,708
754
1,193
79,978
September
25,401
21,180
17,127
5,309
7,885
1,742
748
1,196
80,588
October
25,588
21,536
17,103
5,316
7,927
1,760
744
1,209
81,183
November
25,856
21,789
17,168
5,325
7,940
1,770
743
1,229
81,820
December
26,185
21,937
17,334
5,346
7,952
1,773
747
1,251
82,525
2005January
26,541
22,034
17,562
5,385
7,973
1,773
755
1,276
83,299
February
26,887
22,044
17,805
5,421
8,007
1,763
769
1,302
83,998

(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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