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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Dec 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/01/2005   
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MEDIA RELEASE

January 20, 2005
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
9/2005

Latest New Motor Vehicle Sales Data

The trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles decreased 0.8% to 79,632 in December 2004. When compared with December 2003 (77,711) the trend estimate has shown an increase of 2.5%.

The trend estimate for sales of passenger vehicles recorded a decrease of 1.1% over the last month while sales of sports utility vehicles decreased 0.6% and other vehicles increased 0.1%.

When compared with December 2003, the trend estimate of passenger vehicle sales decreased 1.1%, sports utility vehicles increased 12.5%, and other vehicles increased 5.2%.

With the exception of Victoria which recorded an increase of 0.2%, all states and territories recorded decreases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in December 2004 compared to November 2004.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles decreased 6.4% to 75,476 in December 2004. Passenger vehicle sales decreased 9.7%, sales of sports utility vehicles decreased 4.5% while sales of other new vehicles increased 2.3% in December 2004 compared to November 2004.

All states and territories recorded decreases in the seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles with Western Australia recording the largest decrease (down 13.9%).
SALES OF NEW MOTOR VEHICLES, December 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas(a).
NT
ACT
Aust.

VEHICLE SALES
Seasonally Adjusted
23,775
20,343
16,292
4,766
6,935
1,508
700
1,157
75,476
Trend
24,908
21,574
16,660
5,157
7,703
1,707
726
1,197
79,632


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
Seasonally Adjusted
-6.7
-5.6
-2.5
-8.5
-13.9
-11.8
-1.3
-4.4
-6.4
Trend
-0.9
0.2
-1.2
-1.4
-1.2
-2.0
-1.2
-0.2
-0.8


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
Seasonally Adjusted
-3.7
2.5
8.7
-7.9
-1.1
19.4
8.4
-5.5
0.8
Trend
-2.6
4.9
5.9
-2.3
7.8
12.3
9.0
-3.7
2.5

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

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, Australia (cat. no. 9314.0).

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