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MEDIA RELEASE

August 20, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
107/2002
New Motor Vehicle Sales Trend Down in July: ABS

The trend figures indicate that total new motor vehicle sales have declined for a fifth consecutive month with July 2002 figures falling by 0.7%. Despite this recent decline in trend, new motor vehicle sales rose by 6.3% over the last 12 months. New passenger vehicle sales continued to decline for the sixth consecutive month, down 0.8% in July to record a total fall of 5.2% since February 2002. Defying this trend are new passenger vehicle sales in Queensland which have recorded monthly increases since June 2001.

Seasonally adjusted sales of total new motor vehicles increased by 1.9% in July 2002. Although new passenger vehicle sales declined by 0.8%, the growth in motor vehicle sales was driven by the sale of other vehicles. In seasonally adjusted terms, Queensland recorded the strongest growth at 14.8%.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, July 2002

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

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
23,122
18,333
13,723
4,295
5,757
1,159
556
1,054
67,999
Trend
23,390
18,080
12,879
4,291
5,907
1,228
601
1,119
67,495

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
-0.9
4.1
14.8
-3.4
-8.3
-9.4
-11.6
-12.8
1.9
Trend
-1.1
-0.6
0.3
-0.9
-0.4
-1.2
-2.0
-1.9
-0.7

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
4.1
-10.4
19.3
8.6
0.6
5.9
-9.4
2.6
2.1
Trend
4.8
2.6
14.5
8.0
6.1
12.8
0.8
3.3
6.3



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

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

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