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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Oct 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2002   
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This publication contains 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, other vehicles and total vehicles at the state/territory and national levels.


OCTOBER 2002 KEY POINTS

Trend

The trend estimate for total new motor vehicle sales rose in October 2002 for the fifth consecutive month. The rise of 0.4% (or 314 vehicles) over the previous month was the smallest since June 2002. Passenger vehicle sales rose by 0.4% (or 171 vehicles) this month while other vehicle sales rose by 0.6% (or 143 vehicles).

Over the twelve months from October 2001, Queensland recorded the largest rise (18% or 2,110 vehicles) in total new motor vehicle sales whereas the Northern Territory recorded the largest fall (6.2% or 39 vehicles). Tasmania recorded the largest fall in new passenger vehicle sales (13.7% or 109 vehicles) and also the largest rise in new other vehicle sales (25.3% or 106 vehicles).

Seasonally adjusted

The seasonally adjusted estimate of total new motor vehicle sales fell by 0.5% (or 341 vehicles) in October 2002 compared with the previous month. A small rise of 0.3% (or 115 vehicles) was recorded for new passenger vehicle sales whereas a fall of 1.8% (or 456 vehicles) was recorded for new other vehicle sales.


NOTES


DATA QUALITY

Due to a processing problem with the data supplier for heavy truck sales, other vehicles were understated by 367 units in July 2002. These missing units have been included in the August 2002 sales data for other vehicles. The impact on the original series is as follows: New South Wales (119 units), Victoria (63 units), Queensland (84 units), South Australia (18 units), Western Australia (65 units), Tasmania (14 units) and the Northern Territory (4 units).


SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONAL ANALYSIS

Graph - 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.)
Other vehicles (a) (No.)
Total vehicles (No.)
Change Passenger vehicles (%)
Change Other vehicles (%)
Change Total vehicles (%)

Original

2001August
44,861
21,137
65,998
-3.0
5.9
-0.3
September
40,257
18,992
59,249
-10.3
-10.1
-10.2
October
45,575
20,805
66,380
13.2
9.5
12.0
November
47,510
23,252
70,762
4.2
11.8
6.6
December
48,193
20,838
69,031
1.4
-10.4
-2.4
2002January
39,779
18,778
58,557
-17.5
-9.9
-15.2
February
42,776
22,019
64,795
7.5
17.3
10.7
March
44,828
22,996
67,824
4.8
4.4
4.7
April
42,052
21,834
63,886
-6.2
-5.1
-5.8
May
46,448
26,675
73,123
10.5
22.2
14.5
June
49,101
29,680
78,781
5.7
11.3
7.7
July
45,923
23,859
69,782
-6.5
-19.6
-11.4
August
45,122
24,525
69,647
-1.7
2.8
-0.2
September
43,396
22,638
66,034
-3.8
-7.7
-5.2
October
48,269
24,063
72,332
11.2
6.3
9.5

Seasonally Adjusted

2001August
43,344
21,124
64,468
-4.8
0.4
-3.2
September
44,281
21,858
66,139
2.2
3.5
2.6
October
43,579
21,162
64,741
-1.6
-3.2
-2.1
November
43,719
22,068
65,787
0.3
4.3
1.6
December
46,970
20,668
67,638
7.4
-6.3
2.8
2002January
49,327
25,036
74,363
5.0
21.1
9.9
February
45,836
24,037
69,873
-7.1
-4.0
-6.0
March
43,275
21,485
64,760
-5.6
-10.6
-7.3
April
46,228
23,784
70,012
6.8
10.7
8.1
May
45,205
24,572
69,777
-2.2
3.3
-0.3
June
44,206
22,533
66,739
-2.2
-8.3
-4.4
July
43,865
24,134
67,999
-0.8
7.1
1.9
August
45,256
25,550
70,806
3.2
5.9
4.1
September
45,945
25,284
71,229
1.5
-1.0
0.6
October
46,060
24,828
70,888
0.3
-1.8
-0.5

Trend

2001August
43,256
20,720
63,976
0.3
1.8
0.8
September
43,757
21,186
64,943
1.2
2.2
1.5
October
44,535
21,681
66,216
1.8
2.3
2.0
November
45,348
22,103
67,451
1.8
1.9
1.9
December
45,979
22,491
68,470
1.4
1.8
1.5
2002January
46,309
22,862
69,171
0.7
1.6
1.0
February
46,239
23,162
69,401
-0.2
1.3
0.3
March
45,802
23,332
69,134
-0.9
0.7
-0.4
April
45,201
23,455
68,656
-1.3
0.5
-0.7
May
44,731
23,609
68,340
-1.0
0.7
-0.5
June
44,642
23,882
68,524
-0.2
1.2
0.3
July
44,848
24,290
69,138
0.5
1.7
0.9
August
45,106
24,682
69,788
0.6
1.6
0.9
September
45,402
25,023
70,425
0.7
1.4
0.9
October
45,573
25,166
70,739
0.4
0.6
0.4
(a) Other vehicle figures for July 2002 and August 2002 have been affected by reporting problems. See Notes.


Table 2: New Motor Vehicle Sales by State/Territory of Registration (a)

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

Original

2001August
22,817
18,702
11,394
4,171
6,011
1,177
586
1,140
65,998
September
21,272
16,295
10,303
3,670
5,197
1,044
508
960
59,249
October
23,535
18,442
11,430
4,148
5,725
1,257
618
1,225
66,380
November
24,667
19,544
12,505
4,515
6,118
1,427
670
1,316
70,762
December
22,979
19,502
12,045
4,379
6,649
1,873
571
1,033
69,031
2002January
20,414
15,658
10,737
3,727
5,481
989
525
1,026
58,557
February
22,108
17,336
12,252
4,168
6,159
1,090
553
1,129
64,795
March
23,923
18,330
12,694
4,224
5,880
1,093
658
1,022
67,824
April
22,428
17,250
11,671
3,985
5,642
1,103
624
1,183
63,886
May
25,763
19,540
13,507
4,648
6,344
1,343
763
1,215
73,123
June
27,496
20,296
15,035
5,143
7,348
1,294
813
1,356
78,781
July
24,643
18,721
13,462
4,457
5,562
1,174
579
1,184
69,782
August
23,456
18,942
13,516
4,537
6,102
1,311
597
1,186
69,647
September
22,236
18,765
12,497
4,187
5,493
1,239
507
1,110
66,034
October
24,618
20,185
13,456
4,499
6,627
1,203
580
1,164
72,332

Seasonally Adjusted

2001August
22,741
18,024
11,179
3,982
5,778
1,071
604
1,089
64,468
September
23,542
18,040
11,679
4,249
5,834
1,061
616
1,118
66,139
October
22,973
17,414
11,596
4,032
5,684
1,244
605
1,193
64,741
November
22,625
18,039
11,991
4,086
5,730
1,351
677
1,288
65,787
December
23,131
19,154
11,554
4,152
6,724
1,287
605
1,031
67,638
2002January
25,954
20,074
13,478
4,894
6,629
1,358
721
1,255
74,363
February
23,861
18,592
13,038
4,582
6,577
1,347
635
1,241
69,873
March
22,901
17,896
11,820
4,113
5,346
1,156
569
959
64,760
April
24,649
18,712
12,848
4,401
6,239
1,243
603
1,317
70,012
May
24,411
18,895
13,093
4,313
5,933
1,347
692
1,093
69,777
June
23,339
17,610
11,954
4,444
6,275
1,279
629
1,209
66,739
July
23,122
18,333
13,723
4,295
5,757
1,159
556
1,054
67,999
August
24,389
19,017
13,796
4,421
6,127
1,235
637
1,184
70,806
September
23,579
19,978
13,765
4,654
6,128
1,234
599
1,292
71,229
October
24,308
19,015
13,734
4,412
6,476
1,215
589
1,139
70,888

Trend

2001August
22,500
17,715
11,340
3,990
5,621
1,107
605
1,098
63,976
September
22,800
17,917
11,511
4,049
5,766
1,154
617
1,129
64,943
October
23,154
18,206
11,745
4,145
5,960
1,214
633
1,159
66,216
November
23,474
18,490
12,003
4,254
6,142
1,267
643
1,178
67,451
December
23,743
18,725
12,268
4,348
6,254
1,302
646
1,184
68,470
2002January
23,969
18,872
12,483
4,413
6,297
1,314
644
1,179
69,171
February
24,108
18,869
12,600
4,441
6,267
1,306
640
1,170
69,401
March
24,129
18,690
12,641
4,425
6,172
1,286
633
1,158
69,134
April
24,025
18,463
12,681
4,388
6,054
1,267
627
1,151
68,656
May
23,862
18,343
12,776
4,355
5,977
1,255
621
1,151
68,340
June
23,766
18,427
12,964
4,360
5,988
1,246
618
1,155
68,524
July
23,783
18,649
13,235
4,402
6,052
1,239
614
1,164
69,138
August
23,820
18,891
13,500
4,444
6,120
1,230
608
1,175
69,788
September
23,878
19,125
13,729
4,480
6,201
1,223
602
1,187
70,425
October
23,880
19,292
13,855
4,493
6,234
1,211
594
1,180
70,739
(a) Other vehicle figures for July 2002 and August 2002 have been affected by reporting problems. See Notes.


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