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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Feb 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/03/2004   
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MEDIA RELEASE

March 19, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
45/2004

Latest Motor Vehicle Sales Data

The trend estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles rose by 0.1% to 77,590 in February 2004 compared with January 2004. This increase follows a five month period of decline in the trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales.

The trend estimate for sales of passenger vehicles has declined over the last six months, while the trend estimate for the sales of other vehicles has increased over the same period.

Sales of total new motor vehicles recorded growth in the trend estimate of 6.5% for February 2004 compared with February 2003. The trend estimate for sales of passenger vehicles increased by 1.9% and for other vehicles increased by 14.9% over the same period.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles for February 2004 increased by 1.0% compared with January 2004 and by 11.3% compared with February 2003.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of passenger vehicles increased by 2.1% in February 2004 compared with January 2004. The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of other vehicles decreased by 0.8% over the same period.

Sales of New Motor Vehicles, February 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
26,519
20,822
16,602
5,216
7,177
1,534
762
1,205
79,837
Trend
25,521
20,450
15,913
5,213
7,125
1,484
679
1,205
77,590

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
1.4
0.9
2.3
-2.1
-1.5
-0.8
22.3
-2.1
1.0
Trend
0.0
-0.0
1.0
-0.4
-0.1
-2.9
2.1
-1.6
0.1

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
10.1
6.9
21.6
4.9
11.4
20.6
15.8
3.1
11.3
Trend
3.9
3.1
14.2
6.8
9.6
14.2
1.2
-0.4
6.5
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 website (www.abs.gov.au).

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