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MEDIA RELEASE

September 18, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
118/2002

August new motor vehicle sales trend firm: ABS

The trend estimate for total new motor vehicle sales increased by 0.8% in August. The main component of the increase was other vehicles, which continued to show strong growth, rising 1.7% since July. New passenger vehicle sales rose marginally (0.3%).

Over the twelve months to August 2002, the trend estimate for total new vehicle sales rose 8.1%. The strongest growth was in Queensland (18.3%), with sales increasing in both passenger vehicles (17.3%) and other vehicles (19.7%). Victoria (-1.5%) and the Northern Territory (-1.0%) were the only state/territory to show negative growth in new passenger vehicle sales over the year.

Seasonally adjusted sales of total new motor vehicles increased by 4.1% in August 2002 with sales of other vehicles increasing by 5.9% and passenger vehicles increasing by 3.2%. Passenger vehicle sales in Tasmania declined by -0.6% in seasonally adjusted terms from July, the only state/territory to do so.

Sales of New Motor Vehicles, August 2002

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

Vehicle Sales

Seasonally Adjusted
24,389
19,017
13,796
4,421
6,127
1,235
637
1,184
70,806
Trend
23,827
18,517
13,410
4,372
6,014
1,227
617
1,143
69,127

Percentage change from previous month

Seasonally Adjusted
5.5
3.7
0.5
2.9
6.4
6.6
14.6
12.3
4.1
Trend
0.4
0.7
2.0
0.7
0.4
-0.6
0.5
0.1
0.8

Percentage change from previous year

Seasonally Adjusted
7.2
5.5
23.4
11.0
6.0
15.3
5.5
8.7
9.8
Trend
5.9
4.5
18.3
9.6
7.0
10.8
2.0
4.1
8.1



This publication draws on new motor vehicle sales data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Media please note:

Further details are in Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Electronic Publication, (cat. no. 9314.0) available on this site.

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