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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Apr 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/05/2010   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

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

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
26 877
25 395
17 798
5 641
11 339
1 677
851
1 356
90 935

Change from previous month (%)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
5.8
8.0
5.8
6.5
26.7
-2.5
-
2.5
8.4

Change from previous year (%)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
21.7
39.4
19.7
26.2
47.0
22.1
17.8
11.0
28.7

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Trend series temporarily suspended from May 2009.
(b) 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


APRIL 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 April 2010.


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally Adjusted - The April 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (90 935) increased by 8.4% when compared to March 2010. The April 2010 seasonally adjusted estimate for total new motor vehicle sales increased by 28.7% when compared to the April 2009 estimate.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • When comparing April 2010 with March 2010 sales of all vehicle types increased. Passenger vehicle sales increased by 7.8%, Sports utility vehicle sales increased by 16.1% and Other vehicle sales increased by 1.9%.
  • When comparing April 2010 to April 2009, sales of Sports utility vehicles increased by 46.5%, Passenger vehicle sales increased by 27.9% and Other vehicle sales increased by 14.0%.


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, sales of new motor vehicles increased in seven of the eight states or territories for April 2010 compared to March 2010. Western Australia recorded the largest percentage increase, rising by 26.7%, followed by Victoria and South Australia, with increases of 8.0% and 6.5% respectively. Vehicle sales for Tasmania decreased by 2.5% over this period.
  • Vehicle sales in all states and territories increased when comparing April 2010 to April 2009. Western Australia and Victoria recorded the largest percentage increases of 47.0% and 39.4% respectively.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2010 21 June 2010
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



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

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


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Long term


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(a)

2009
February
43 413
14 092
15 650
73 155
-1.6
-0.1
-3.2
-1.6
March
42 974
14 157
15 253
72 384
-1.0
0.5
-2.5
-1.1
April
42 940
14 281
15 010
72 231
-0.1
0.9
-1.6
-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

Seasonally Adjusted

2009
February
43 802
14 280
15 392
73 474
-3.3
-1.6
-4.1
-3.1
March
41 320
13 580
15 255
70 155
-5.7
-4.9
-0.9
-4.5
April
41 942
14 033
14 694
70 669
1.5
3.3
-3.7
0.7
May
43 860
15 225
17 088
76 173
4.6
8.5
16.3
7.8
June
44 837
16 249
19 926
81 012
2.2
6.7
16.6
6.4
July
45 208
15 045
14 643
74 896
0.8
-7.4
-26.5
-7.5
August
45 799
14 880
14 926
75 605
1.3
-1.1
1.9
0.9
September
46 626
15 353
16 698
78 676
1.8
3.2
11.9
4.1
October
47 286
16 399
18 697
82 381
1.4
6.8
12.0
4.7
November
47 854
18 938
20 577
87 368
1.2
15.5
10.1
6.1
December
47 162
19 745
23 641
90 549
-1.4
4.3
14.9
3.6
2010
January
49 234
18 917
19 704
87 856
4.4
-4.2
-16.7
-3.0
February
49 380
18 891
17 983
86 253
0.3
-0.1
-8.7
-1.8
March
49 723
17 711
16 442
83 876
0.7
-6.2
-8.6
-2.8
April
53 623
20 560
16 752
90 935
7.8
16.1
1.9
8.4

Original

2009
February
42 463
13 699
14 079
70 241
2.8
2.0
14.1
4.7
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

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Trend series temporarily suspended from May 2009.

New motor vehicle sales by state/territory of registration

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(b)
NT(b)
ACT(b)
Aust.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Trend(a)

2009
February
22 396
19 150
15 375
4 646
8 240
1 391
731
1 226
73 155
March
22 236
18 927
15 222
4 589
8 084
1 394
717
1 215
72 384
April
22 256
18 880
15 210
4 587
7 984
1 396
715
1 204
72 231
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2009
February
22 494
19 212
15 545
4 489
8 347
1 377
761
1 249
73 474
March
21 448
18 260
14 632
4 606
8 046
1 401
619
1 142
70 155
April
22 079
18 215
14 874
4 472
7 713
1 374
722
1 221
70 669
May
23 420
20 217
15 994
4 924
8 221
1 440
748
1 208
76 173
June
24 598
21 409
17 343
5 169
8 819
1 546
745
1 384
81 012
July
23 193
19 845
15 889
4 838
7 849
1 296
779
1 206
74 896
August
23 694
19 409
16 208
4 897
7 964
1 444
778
1 212
75 605
September
24 480
20 709
16 881
5 224
8 011
1 380
758
1 234
78 676
October
25 037
21 966
17 600
5 584
8 588
1 525
769
1 312
82 381
November
26 607
23 621
18 667
5 774
8 993
1 494
884
1 329
87 368
December
28 161
23 326
19 717
6 038
9 350
1 836
810
1 312
90 549
2010
January
26 207
23 510
18 450
5 970
9 726
1 750
919
1 323
87 856
February
26 429
23 143
17 824
5 469
9 610
1 650
805
1 324
86 253
March
25 404
23 512
16 821
5 298
8 947
1 720
850
1 323
83 876
April
26 877
25 395
17 798
5 641
11 339
1 677
851
1 356
90 935

Original

2009
February
21 969
18 273
14 604
4 336
7 864
1 227
706
1 262
70 241
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

(a) Trend series temporarily suspended from May 2009.
(b) 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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