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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/04/2003   
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MEDIA RELEASE

April 17, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
41/2003

Trend positive for March new motor vehicle sales: ABS

The trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales increased by 1.1% in March 2003 (72,570) compared with February 2003 (71,750). This is the fifth consecutive month of trend increases. Passenger vehicle sales increased by 1.1%, while other vehicle sales increased by 1.2% over the same period.

All states and territories recorded increases in the trend for sales of new motor vehicles in March 2003. The Northern Territory had the highest growth with 3.3%, while the Australian Capital Territory had the lowest growth with 0.6% between February 2003 and March 2003.

Seasonally adjusted estimates increased by 2.0% in March 2003 (72,907) compared with February 2003 (71,460). Seasonally adjusted sales of passenger and other vehicles increased by 2.5% and 1.0% respectively.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, March 2003

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

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
24,007
20,083
14,169
4,952
6,459
1,308
718
1,211
72,907
Trend
24,147
19,877
13,812
5,037
6,500
1,285
697
1,215
72,570

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
1.0
3.7
3.8
-3.1
0.2
2.9
6.5
3.4
2.0
Trend
0.9
0.9
1.6
2.3
1.1
1.1
3.3
0.6
1.1

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
3.9
11.4
17.4
20.3
23.4
14.3
18.7
26.7
11.7
Trend
0.1
6.7
9.2
16.7
4.9
1.7
10.1
5.3
5.2



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 this website.

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