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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/04/2002   
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MEDIA RELEASE

April 19, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
35/2002
New motor vehicles sales down: ABS

The trend for total new motor vehicle sales fell marginally (0.1%) in March 2002, following growth over the previous nine months, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). New passenger vehicle sales fell by 0.4% while sales of other vehicles rose by 0.5%.

Seasonally adjusted sales of new vehicles fell 7.3% in March 2002, the second consecutive monthly fall. Sales of new passenger vehicles were down by 5.6% with other vehicles down by 10.6%. Falls were recorded in all States and Territories.

Graph - New motor vehicle sales, total vehicles



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

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
22,901
17,896
11,820
4,113
5,346
1,156
569
959
64,760
Trend
23,946
18,840
12,651
4,466
6,199
1,295
628
1,115
69,140

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
-4.0
-3.7
-9.3
-10.2
-18.7
-14.2
-10.4
-22.7
-7.3
Trend
-0.1
-0.2
0.4
0.3
-1.1
-1.1
-1.6
-2.5
-0.1

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
1.5
1.7
5.4
1.7
-8.6
-6.3
0.2
-19.7
0.8
Trend
6.7
7.1
12.7
12.4
9.0
6.1
6.6
-4.7
8.2



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) which is available on this site.

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