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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Aug 2009 Quality Declaration 
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

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

Vehicle sales (no.)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
23 593
19 496
16 023
4 835
7 995
1 454
777
1 215
75 388

Change from previous month (%)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
1.6
-2.1
0.5
0.4
0.6
12.4
-1.8
0.9
0.3

Change from previous year (%)

Trend
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.4
-8.0
-3.1
-7.8
-17.4
-14.9
-13.4
-0.3
-6.2

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) 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



AUGUST 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 August 2009.


TOTAL NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - The August 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (75 388) increased by 0.3% when compared to July 2009. The August 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total new motor vehicle sales is 6.2% lower than the August 2008 estimate.


SALES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - Sales of two of the three vehicle types increased in seasonally adjusted terms when comparing August 2009 with July 2009. Passenger vehicles increased by 1.0% and other vehicles increased 0.8%. Sports utility vehicles decreased 1.9% over that period. Sales of all three vehicle types have decreased in seasonally adjusted terms when comparing August 2009 to August 2008. Other vehicles decreased by 16.5%, passenger vehicles was down 3.8% and sports utility vehicles was down 1.7%.


SALES BY STATE
  • Trend - See Suspension of trend estimates above.
  • Seasonally adjusted - Sales of new motor vehicles increased in six of the states or territories in seasonally adjusted terms for August 2009 compared to July 2009. Tasmania recorded the largest percentage increase, rising 12.5%, followed by New South Wales, rising 1.5%. Victoria and the Northern Territory decreased 2.1% and 1.8% respectively over this period.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2009 21 October 2009
October 2009 23 November 2009
November 2009 21 December 2009
December 2009 21 January 2010
January 2010 22 February 2010
February 2010 22 March 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents details for the Sales of New Motor Vehicles for August 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
June
50 816
16 418
18 584
85 818
-1.8
-3.4
-1.5
-2.1
July
49 619
15 826
18 327
83 772
-2.4
-3.6
-1.4
-2.4
August
48 338
15 276
18 135
81 748
-2.6
-3.5
-1.0
-2.4
September
47 210
14 817
17 931
79 958
-2.3
-3.0
-1.1
-2.2
October
46 307
14 467
17 641
78 414
-1.9
-2.4
-1.6
-1.9
November
45 524
14 206
17 178
76 909
-1.7
-1.8
-2.6
-1.9
December
44 777
14 037
16 598
75 412
-1.6
-1.2
-3.4
-1.9
2009
January
44 057
13 998
16 066
74 121
-1.6
-0.3
-3.2
-1.7
February
43 445
14 101
15 685
73 231
-1.4
0.7
-2.4
-1.2
March
43 149
14 349
15 485
72 983
-0.7
1.8
-1.3
-0.3
April
43 253
14 658
15 435
73 345
0.2
2.1
-0.3
0.5
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
June
51 743
17 081
18 064
86 888
-0.1
3.7
-2.1
0.2
July
49 788
15 445
18 549
83 783
-3.8
-9.6
2.7
-3.6
August
47 366
15 225
17 810
80 402
-4.9
-1.4
-4.0
-4.0
September
47 265
14 984
17 677
79 927
-0.2
-1.6
-0.7
-0.6
October
46 232
14 475
18 850
79 558
-2.2
-3.4
6.6
-0.5
November
44 841
13 700
16 712
75 252
-3.0
-5.4
-11.3
-5.4
December
45 366
14 345
16 941
76 653
1.2
4.7
1.4
1.9
2009
January
45 411
14 259
15 804
75 473
0.1
-0.6
-6.7
-1.5
February
43 587
14 146
15 118
72 851
-4.0
-0.8
-4.3
-3.5
March
41 149
13 708
15 512
70 368
-5.6
-3.1
2.6
-3.4
April
42 726
14 427
15 116
72 269
3.8
5.2
-2.6
2.7
May
44 015
15 287
16 873
76 174
3.0
6.0
11.6
5.4
June
44 892
15 968
19 868
80 727
2.0
4.5
17.7
6.0
July
45 112
15 261
14 761
75 133
0.5
-4.4
-25.7
-6.9
August
45 543
14 968
14 877
75 388
1.0
-1.9
0.8
0.3

Original

2008
June
61 524
21 388
23 629
106 541
19.7
23.8
18.5
20.2
July
51 068
14 842
18 066
83 976
-17.0
-30.6
-23.5
-21.2
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


np not available for publication
(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
June
25 666
22 818
18 150
5 418
9 940
1 627
908
1 290
85 818
July
25 081
22 238
17 578
5 354
9 779
1 600
886
1 257
83 772
August
24 529
21 624
17 049
5 292
9 594
1 564
866
1 229
81 748
September
24 049
21 061
16 663
5 214
9 384
1 522
851
1 215
79 958
October
23 635
20 592
16 392
5 118
9 151
1 481
834
1 212
78 414
November
23 253
20 174
16 135
4 998
8 881
1 445
809
1 215
76 909
December
22 900
19 785
15 843
4 866
8 602
1 417
780
1 219
75 412
2009
January
22 585
19 446
15 583
4 748
8 376
1 409
751
1 224
74 121
February
22 352
19 215
15 395
4 667
8 233
1 414
728
1 226
73 231
March
22 296
19 164
15 348
4 646
8 171
1 416
716
1 227
72 983
April
22 424
19 281
15 447
4 679
8 158
1 413
717
1 228
73 345
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

Seasonally Adjusted

2008
June
26 213
23 437
18 349
5 536
9 677
1 522
864
1 290
86 888
July
24 972
22 220
17 560
5 327
9 826
1 657
924
1 296
83 783
August
23 922
21 195
16 536
5 242
9 681
1 709
897
1 219
80 402
September
24 231
20 867
16 738
5 202
9 419
1 452
837
1 180
79 927
October
23 812
20 913
16 806
5 172
9 426
1 433
796
1 199
79 558
November
23 050
19 568
15 620
4 966
8 583
1 451
810
1 205
75 252
December
23 127
20 303
16 245
4 961
8 543
1 394
825
1 255
76 653
2009
January
22 789
20 033
15 849
4 861
8 497
1 445
757
1 242
75 473
February
22 385
18 910
15 474
4 414
8 283
1 384
751
1 251
72 851
March
21 598
18 533
14 465
4 613
7 939
1 447
620
1 153
70 368
April
22 375
18 626
15 328
4 572
8 019
1 387
721
1 240
72 269
May
23 454
20 080
16 005
4 895
8 331
1 442
754
1 216
76 174
June
24 563
21 411
17 153
5 106
8 837
1 544
743
1 370
80 727
July
23 233
19 905
15 940
4 817
7 949
1 293
791
1 205
75 133
August
23 593
19 496
16 023
4 835
7 995
1 454
777
1 215
75 388

Original

2008
June
32 027
27 638
24 335
6 568
11 564
1 778
1 128
1 503
106 541
July
25 216
22 272
17 963
5 237
9 580
1 510
900
1 298
83 976
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

np not available for publication
(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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