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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Oct 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/11/2009   
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OCTOBER 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
24 775
21 396
17 507
5 475
8 444
1 465
765
1 295
81 122

Change from previous month (%)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
2.3
4.0
4.0
5.3
4.9
6.7
0.8
4.6
3.7

Change from previous year (%)

Trend(a)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
5.0
3.3
6.6
7.9
-9.7
4.0
-4.3
8.7
3.3

(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



OCTOBER 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 October 2009.


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - The October 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (81 122) increased by 3.7% when compared to September 2009. The October 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total new motor vehicle sales is 3.3% higher than the October 2008 estimate.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - All vehicle types increased in seasonally adjusted terms when comparing October 2009 with September 2009. Other vehicles increased by 10.6%, sports utility vehicles rose 3.7% and passenger vehicles rose 1.2%. When comparing October 2009 to October 2008, sports utility vehicles increased 11.5% while passenger vehicles and other vehicles rose 1.9% and 0.1% respectively.


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - Sales of new motor vehicles increased in all states or territories in seasonally adjusted terms for October 2009 compared to September 2009. Tasmania recorded the largest percentage increase, rising 6.7%, followed by South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, rising 5.3% and 4.6% respectively.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
November 2009 21 December 2009
December 2009 21 January 2010
January 2010 22 February 2010
February 2010 22 March 2010
March 2010 22 April 2010
April 2010 24 May 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

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


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY

New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total vehicles - Long term


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
August
48 335
15 292
18 145
81 772
-2.7
-3.5
-1.5
-2.6
September
47 133
14 817
17 850
79 800
-2.5
-3.1
-1.6
-2.4
October
46 174
14 450
17 492
78 115
-2.0
-2.5
-2.0
-2.1
November
45 376
14 177
17 011
76 564
-1.7
-1.9
-2.7
-2.0
December
44 658
14 005
16 464
75 127
-1.6
-1.2
-3.2
-1.9
2009
January
43 993
13 974
15 998
73 964
-1.5
-0.2
-2.8
-1.5
February
43 445
14 090
15 680
73 215
-1.2
0.8
-2.0
-1.0
March
43 159
14 346
15 492
72 998
-0.7
1.8
-1.2
-0.3
April
43 241
14 658
15 382
73 281
0.2
2.2
-0.7
0.4
May
43 705
14 960
15 379
74 044
1.1
2.1
-
1.0
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
August
47 545
15 295
18 109
80 948
-4.7
-1.3
-2.7
-3.6
September
47 031
14 986
17 633
79 649
-1.1
-2.0
-2.6
-1.6
October
46 000
14 373
18 179
78 552
-2.2
-4.1
3.1
-1.4
November
44 600
13 670
16 611
74 880
-3.0
-4.9
-8.6
-4.7
December
45 359
14 380
16 926
76 665
1.7
5.2
1.9
2.4
2009
January
45 384
14 187
15 808
75 378
0.1
-1.3
-6.6
-1.7
February
43 556
14 136
15 139
72 831
-4.0
-0.4
-4.2
-3.4
March
41 259
13 721
15 538
70 518
-5.3
-2.9
2.6
-3.2
April
42 754
14 444
15 157
72 355
3.6
5.3
-2.5
2.6
May
44 143
15 315
16 928
76 385
3.2
6.0
11.7
5.6
June
45 042
15 953
20 146
81 141
2.0
4.2
19.0
6.2
July
45 443
15 335
14 872
75 650
0.9
-3.9
-26.2
-6.8
August
45 554
14 988
15 316
75 858
0.2
-2.3
3.0
0.3
September
46 339
15 453
16 451
78 243
1.7
3.1
7.4
3.1
October
46 892
16 030
18 199
81 122
1.2
3.7
10.6
3.7

Original

2008
August
46 114
14 233
16 977
77 324
-9.7
-4.1
-6.0
-7.9
September
48 865
14 200
17 873
80 938
6.0
-0.2
5.3
4.7
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

- 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
August
24 535
21 636
17 049
5 290
9 599
1 566
868
1 229
81 772
September
24 004
21 028
16 609
5 193
9 377
1 523
852
1 213
79 800
October
23 555
20 521
16 298
5 084
9 133
1 480
835
1 209
78 115
November
23 166
20 088
16 031
4 961
8 856
1 441
809
1 212
76 564
December
22 832
19 710
15 760
4 837
8 580
1 412
779
1 217
75 127
2009
January
22 553
19 399
15 541
4 733
8 360
1 406
750
1 223
73 964
February
22 355
19 206
15 397
4 665
8 226
1 412
727
1 227
73 215
March
22 298
19 166
15 361
4 647
8 166
1 417
714
1 229
72 998
April
22 403
19 265
15 438
4 672
8 144
1 413
715
1 229
73 281
May
22 671
19 490
15 632
4 744
8 140
1 406
729
1 231
74 044
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
August
24 123
21 295
16 708
5 305
9 680
1 715
899
1 222
80 948
September
24 088
20 803
16 678
5 143
9 445
1 474
838
1 180
79 649
October
23 588
20 714
16 425
5 076
9 350
1 409
800
1 191
78 552
November
22 926
19 450
15 555
4 935
8 555
1 451
807
1 201
74 880
December
23 139
20 300
16 251
4 970
8 528
1 395
825
1 256
76 665
2009
January
22 815
19 991
15 811
4 841
8 489
1 435
756
1 240
75 378
February
22 370
18 885
15 486
4 420
8 287
1 382
750
1 250
72 831
March
21 628
18 602
14 508
4 619
7 936
1 451
619
1 155
70 518
April
22 392
18 663
15 355
4 576
8 020
1 381
722
1 246
72 355
May
23 525
20 086
16 083
4 929
8 333
1 457
753
1 219
76 385
June
24 707
21 523
17 246
5 166
8 850
1 541
741
1 367
81 141
July
23 280
20 151
16 061
4 859
8 003
1 288
799
1 209
75 650
August
23 845
19 487
16 166
4 923
8 000
1 447
772
1 219
75 858
September
24 215
20 576
16 834
5 198
8 050
1 373
760
1 238
78 243
October
24 775
21 396
17 507
5 475
8 444
1 465
765
1 295
81 122

Original

2008
August
22 669
20 575
15 679
5 034
9 652
1 680
855
1 180
77 324
September
24 513
21 479
16 697
5 074
9 679
1 561
755
1 180
80 938
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

(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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