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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, May 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/06/2002   
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MEDIA RELEASE

June 21, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
85/2002
New motor vehicles sales slowing: ABS

Trend figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that total new motor vehicle sales have remained relatively constant over the last four months, with May 2002 figures falling slightly (0.2%) compared with the previous month. New passenger vehicle sales declined for the fourth consecutive month with a 0.7% fall. Growth in other vehicle sales continued to slow with an increase of 0.9% compared to the previous month.

Seasonally adjusted sales of total new motor vehicles fell by 0.3% in May 2002 with a fall in passenger vehicles of 2.2% and a rise in other vehicles of 3.3%. The fall in May 2002 was not consistent across the States and Territories with rises recorded in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, May 2002
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
24,411
18,895
13,093
4,313
5,933
1,347
692
1,093
69,777
Trend
24,318
18,628
12,885
4,365
5,956
1,267
630
1,144
69,193

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.0
1.0
1.9
-2.0
-4.9
8.4
14.8
-17.0
-0.3
Trend
0.3
-0.5
0.5
-0.8
-1.7
-0.5
-0.3
-0.6
-0.2

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
9.8
10.0
21.9
9.5
10.5
15.8
21.8
-1.5
12.0
Trend
10.1
6.5
16.0
10.9
7.0
11.9
8.4
4.2
9.8


This publication draws on new motor vehicle sales data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Media please note:

Further details are contained in Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Electronic Publication, (cat. no. 9314.0).

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