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MEDIA RELEASE

January 21, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
3/2003
New motor vehicle sales decelerating: ABS

Trend estimates indicate that total new motor vehicle sales have been falling at an increasing rate since September 2002. December 2002 recorded a decrease of 1.5% compared with the previous month. Decreases were recorded for both passenger vehicle sales (1.0%) and other vehicle sales (2.7%).

The Northern Territory was the only state or territory to record an increase (0.7%) in trend estimates of total new motor vehicle sales for December 2002. Queensland recorded the largest decrease (2.3%).

The seasonally adjusted estimate of total new motor vehicle sales fell by 9.0% in December 2002 compared with November 2002. Decreases were recorded for passenger vehicle sales (7.9%) and other vehicle sales (11.2%).

Sales of New Motor Vehicles, December 2002

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

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
20,809
17,721
11,628
4,138
5,564
1,080
611
1,097
62,648
Trend
22,390
18,716
12,723
4,327
5,986
1,188
606
1,126
67,062

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
-10.0
-7.9
-9.5
-6.5
-10.1
-16.2
-1.0
-1.9
-9.0
Trend
-1.9
-0.8
-2.3
-1.1
-1.4
-1.8
0.7
-1.9
-1.5

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
-7.8
-4.0
1.1
0.4
-16.3
-14.8
-0.3
7.3
-5.3
Trend
-5.1
1.2
4.0
2.9
-1.1
-6.9
-4.6
-3.3
-0.9



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 on the this web site.

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