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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Dec 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2010   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(b)
NT(b)
ACT(b)
Aust.

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
28 098
23 150
19 503
6 013
9 088
1 777
802
1 310
89 741

Change from previous month (%)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
5.6
-1.3
5.5
4.5
2.6
17.9
-9.3
-0.9
3.3

Change from previous year (%)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
22.1
13.9
19.3
22.1
6.4
31.9
-4.0
3.4
17.2

(a) Trend series temporarily suspended from May 2009.
(b) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For more information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Short term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Short term



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
  • Following the Federal Government Budget in May 2009, the eligibility period for the Small Business and General Business Tax Break was extended to December 2009. The rebate level was also increased for small businesses, allowing eligible businesses to claim an increased tax deduction on the purchase of new motor vehicles.
  • The trend series attempts to measure the underlying behaviour in new motor vehicle sales. In the short term, this measurement may be significantly affected by unusual influences in the original and seasonally adjusted data, like those observed in May and June 2009. If the trend estimates in the publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would be likely to provide a misleading view of the underlying trend in new motor vehicle sales activity.
  • The new motor vehicle sales trend series has therefore been suspended from May 2009. The trend series will be reintroduced when more certainty emerges in the underlying behaviour of new car sales.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates can still be produced and will continue to be published as usual.
  • This publication shows the trend series to April 2009 and seasonally adjusted series to December 2009.


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally Adjusted - The December 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (89 741) increased by 3.3% when compared to November 2009. The December 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total new motor vehicle sales increased by 17.2% when compared to the December 2008 estimate.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - When comparing December 2009 with November 2009, Other vehicles increased by 14.2% and Sports utility vehicles increased by 3.8%. Passenger vehicles has decreased by 1.6% over the same period. When comparing December 2009 to December 2008, Other vehicles increased by 38.6%, Sports utility vehicles increased by 36.7% and Passenger vehicles increased by 3.0%


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - Sales of new motor vehicles increased for five of eight states or territories in seasonally adjusted terms for December 2009 compared to November 2009. Tasmania recorded the largest percentage increase, rising by 17.9%, followed by New South Wales and Queensland, with increases of 5.6% and 5.5% respectively. The Northern Territory reported the largest decrease of 9.3% when comparing December 2009 to November 2009.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2010 22 February 2010
February 2010 22 March 2010
March 2010 22 April 2010
April 2010 24 May 2010
May 2010 21 June 2010
June 2010 15 July 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents details for the Sales of New Motor Vehicles for December 2009.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Long term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Long term


New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Short term
Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles—Short term

New motor vehicle sales by type of vehicle

Count Passenger vehicles
Count Sports utility vehicles
Count Other vehicles
Count Total vehicles
Change Passenger vehicles
Change Sports utility vehicles
Change Other vehicles
Change Total vehicles
no.
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%
%

Trend(a)

2008
October
46 164
14 436
17 602
78 202
-2.1
-2.5
-1.7
-2.1
November
45 340
14 178
17 148
76 666
-1.8
-1.8
-2.6
-2.0
December
44 606
14 032
16 582
75 221
-1.6
-1.0
-3.3
-1.9
2009
January
43 944
13 992
16 027
73 962
-1.5
-0.3
-3.4
-1.7
February
43 413
14 037
15 572
73 023
-1.2
0.3
-2.8
-1.3
March
43 142
14 178
15 263
72 583
-0.6
1.0
-2.0
-0.6
April
43 233
14 371
15 099
72 703
0.2
1.4
-1.1
0.2
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
June
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
July
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
August
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
September
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
October
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
November
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
December
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
October
46 125
14 364
18 687
79 176
-2.0
-4.1
5.8
-0.7
November
44 392
13 678
16 740
74 810
-3.8
-4.8
-10.4
-5.5
December
45 396
14 316
16 889
76 602
2.3
4.7
0.9
2.4
2009
January
45 226
14 296
15 777
75 299
-0.4
-0.1
-6.6
-1.7
February
43 521
14 109
15 047
72 677
-3.8
-1.3
-4.6
-3.5
March
41 313
13 634
15 476
70 423
-5.1
-3.4
2.9
-3.1
April
42 792
14 307
15 033
72 132
3.6
4.9
-2.9
2.4
May
44 184
15 329
17 156
76 668
3.3
7.1
14.1
6.3
June
45 034
16 382
20 000
81 417
1.9
6.9
16.6
6.2
July
45 442
15 143
14 749
75 333
0.9
-7.6
-26.3
-7.5
August
45 547
14 915
14 877
75 339
0.2
-1.5
0.9
-
September
46 527
15 319
16 692
78 538
2.2
2.7
12.2
4.2
October
46 995
16 342
18 704
82 041
1.0
6.7
12.0
4.5
November
47 543
18 848
20 498
86 888
1.2
15.3
9.6
5.9
December
46 770
19 568
23 404
89 741
-1.6
3.8
14.2
3.3

Original

2008
October
45 978
14 357
18 770
79 105
-5.9
1.1
5.0
-2.3
November
43 019
12 736
15 862
71 617
-6.4
-11.3
-15.5
-9.5
December
45 696
14 422
16 392
76 510
6.2
13.2
3.3
6.8
2009
January
41 309
13 435
12 335
67 079
-9.6
-6.8
-24.7
-12.3
February
42 463
13 699
14 079
70 241
2.8
2.0
14.1
4.7
March
43 484
15 022
17 144
75 650
2.4
9.7
21.8
7.7
April
36 697
13 092
14 176
63 965
-15.6
-12.8
-17.3
-15.4
May
42 245
15 562
17 634
75 441
15.1
18.9
24.4
17.9
June
55 837
20 459
26 551
102 847
32.2
31.5
50.6
36.3
July
46 099
14 752
14 482
75 333
-17.4
-27.9
-45.5
-26.8
August
44 918
13 972
14 397
73 287
-2.6
-5.3
-0.6
-2.7
September
47 284
14 443
16 404
78 131
5.3
3.4
13.9
6.6
October
46 544
15 741
18 528
80 813
-1.6
9.0
12.9
3.4
November
47 059
18 360
20 414
85 833
1.1
16.6
10.2
6.2
December
46 623
19 616
22 469
88 708
-0.9
6.8
10.1
3.3

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Trend series temporarily suspended from May 2009.

New motor vehicle sales by state/territory of registration

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(b)
NT(b)
ACT(b)
Aust.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Trend(a)

2008
October
23 574
20 526
16 334
5 098
9 141
1 488
835
1 208
78 202
November
23 165
20 113
16 072
4 972
8 878
1 444
810
1 212
76 666
December
22 814
19 750
15 797
4 843
8 607
1 410
780
1 220
75 221
2009
January
22 519
19 418
15 549
4 725
8 375
1 398
750
1 227
73 962
February
22 306
19 164
15 346
4 636
8 213
1 402
728
1 228
73 023
March
22 243
19 035
15 248
4 595
8 117
1 410
714
1 221
72 583
April
22 355
19 053
15 280
4 606
8 070
1 412
715
1 212
72 703
May
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
June
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
July
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
August
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
September
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
October
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
November
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
December
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
October
23 755
20 929
16 520
5 156
9 391
1 437
799
1 189
79 176
November
22 850
19 327
15 563
4 956
8 637
1 477
803
1 197
74 810
December
23 010
20 327
16 347
4 927
8 542
1 347
835
1 268
76 602
2009
January
22 827
20 031
15 748
4 803
8 470
1 430
753
1 238
75 299
February
22 352
18 831
15 426
4 409
8 284
1 374
750
1 251
72 677
March
21 563
18 616
14 482
4 622
7 916
1 448
618
1 158
70 423
April
22 350
18 581
15 281
4 557
8 009
1 389
723
1 243
72 132
May
23 459
20 378
16 103
4 943
8 381
1 445
753
1 206
76 668
June
24 862
21 490
17 335
5 182
8 880
1 539
742
1 387
81 417
July
23 303
19 987
15 946
4 855
7 938
1 301
795
1 209
75 333
August
23 699
19 232
16 125
4 875
7 974
1 455
771
1 208
75 339
September
24 396
20 644
16 926
5 232
7 995
1 354
762
1 230
78 538
October
25 024
21 783
17 586
5 565
8 510
1 504
767
1 302
82 041
November
26 619
23 456
18 487
5 755
8 858
1 508
884
1 322
86 888
December
28 098
23 150
19 503
6 013
9 088
1 777
802
1 310
89 741

Original

2008
October
23 448
21 337
16 024
5 069
9 850
1 478
750
1 149
79 105
November
22 043
18 756
14 111
4 935
8 284
1 575
743
1 170
71 617
December
22 421
20 792
16 163
5 028
8 416
1 660
751
1 279
76 510
2009
January
21 085
17 493
13 521
4 355
7 648
1 234
588
1 155
67 079
February
21 969
18 273
14 604
4 336
7 864
1 227
706
1 262
70 241
March
23 550
19 503
16 124
4 779
8 329
1 388
718
1 259
75 650
April
19 596
16 395
13 801
4 128
7 043
1 146
772
1 084
63 965
May
22 958
19 995
15 884
5 025
8 150
1 404
851
1 174
75 441
June
31 089
26 508
23 509
6 406
10 838
1 814
991
1 692
102 847
July
23 472
19 884
16 403
4 632
7 817
1 184
761
1 180
75 333
August
22 704
18 848
15 661
4 696
8 003
1 476
723
1 176
73 287
September
24 367
20 857
16 255
5 141
8 217
1 382
698
1 214
78 131
October
24 251
21 989
16 830
5 506
8 763
1 520
696
1 258
80 813
November
26 559
23 417
17 719
5 698
8 702
1 619
810
1 309
85 833
December
26 848
23 398
18 995
6 213
8 967
2 242
737
1 308
88 708

(a) Trend series temporarily suspended from May 2009.
(b) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For more information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.



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