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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Aug 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/09/2003   
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MEDIA RELEASE

September 17, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
2003
Sales of new motor vehicles on the increase

The trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles rose for the tenth consecutive month in August 2003 to reach a new record high of 79,278. This is 13.7% higher than the August 2002 estimate.

The trend increase in total new motor vehicle sales was 1,117 or 1.4% in August 2003 compared with July 2003. New passenger vehicle sales and new other vehicle sales accounted for 0.8% and 0.6% respectively of this increase.

Only the Northern Territory recorded a fall from July 2003 to August 2003 (3.1%) while all of the other states and the Australian Capital Territory recorded increases in total new motor vehicle sales. Tasmania (2.5%), Queensland (2.2%), Western Australia (2.0%) and New South Wales (1.5%) recorded trend growth above the national average.

Seasonally adjusted estimates rose slightly with 79,316 total new motor vehicle sales in August 2003 compared with 78,316 in July 2003.



Sales of New Motor Vehicles, August 2003

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

Vehicle Sales

Seasonally Adjusted
26,916
20,469
15,938
5,373
7,193
1,558
592
1,277
79,316
Trend
26,562
20,961
15,735
5,235
7,350
1,540
623
1,272
79,278

Percentage change from previous month

Seasonally Adjusted
4.6
-1.9
-0.8
3.8
-0.1
6.2
-6.9
8.2
1.3
Trend
1.5
0.7
2.2
1.2
2.0
2.5
-3.1
0.6
1.4

Percentage change from previous year

Seasonally Adjusted
11.7
7.8
15.8
21.4
16.2
24.0
-4.1
8.2
12.5
Trend
11.9
10.8
17.0
18.5
19.6
22.1
3.1
7.7
13.7



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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