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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Jul 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/08/2004   
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MEDIA RELEASE

August 20, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
136/2004

Latest new motor vehicle sales data

The trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles fell 0.4% to 78,488 in July 2004, the second consecutive monthly fall. When compared with July 2003 (78,491) the trend estimate has shown little change.

Sales of new passenger vehicles recorded a trend decrease for the third consecutive month, declining 0.8% for July 2004. Sales of other new vehicles increased 0.2% in July 2004, continuing the increasing trend since May 2001.

Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory recorded increases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in July 2004. All other states and territories recorded decreases.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles fell 2.2% to 78,003 in July 2004. Passenger vehicle sales decreased 5.2% to 47,276 and sales of other vehicles increased 2.9% to 30,727 in July 2004.

SALES OF NEW MOTOR VEHICLES, JULY 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

VEHICLE SALES
Seasonally Adjusted
25,206
19,708
17,090
4,947
7,610
1,545
668
1,229
78,003
Trend
25,230
20,100
17,125
5,119
7,438
1,530
730
1,216
78,488


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.4
-3.4
-1.6
-7.7
5.3
-17.0
-10.0
1.3
-2.2
Trend
-0.8
-1.0
0.3
-0.6
0.6
0.3
-1.9
0.5
-0.4


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.3
-5.6
12.1
-5.2
7.0
2.6
3.1
-1.8
0.5
Trend
-4.2
-3.8
11.7
-2.3
3.7
-1.7
11.3
-6.5
-0.0



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