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MEDIA RELEASE

June 19, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
60/2003
New motor vehicle sales motoring on: ABS

The long term trend estimate for total new motor vehicles sales reached new heights (76,225) in May 2003, with the trend estimate rising for the seventh consecutive month.

The trend in total vehicle sales increased by 1.6% in May 2003 compared with April 2003. Passenger vehicle sales and other vehicle sales contributed 0.9% and 0.7% respectively to this increase.

All states/territories showed an increase in new motor vehicle sales from April 2003 to May 2003. Queensland (2.4%), Tasmania (2.1%), and New South Wales (1.7%) each recorded trend growth above the national average.

Seasonally adjusted estimates increased by 3.7% in May 2003 (77,349), compared with April 2003. Passenger vehicle sales contributed 2.3% to this increase and other vehicle sales contributed 1.4%.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, May 2003

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales

Seasonally Adjusted
25,698
21,106
15,000
5,058
7,089
1,435
697
1,266
77,349
Trend
25,612
20,516
14,870
5,148
6,715
1,381
715
1,268
76,225

Percentage change from previous month

Seasonally Adjusted
-0.3
7.2
3.0
0.3
14.3
7.7
-1.3
-0.5
3.7
Trend
1.7
1.2
2.4
0.9
1.6
2.1
1.3
1.0
1.6

Percentage change from previous year

Seasonally Adjusted
5.1
12.2
15.7
15.7
17.3
9.1
5.8
13.8
10.9
Trend
6.8
10.9
16.1
17.9
9.8
9.7
14.6
8.7
10.8


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) available via the ABS Web site.

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