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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, May 2005  
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This publication presents monthly information on sales of new motor vehicles in each state/territory in original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimated terms. The original data are sourced from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Sales data are available for passenger vehicles, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), other vehicles and total vehicles at the state/territory and national levels.


MAY 2005 KEY POINTS

Trend

The trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in May 2005 was 83,160. This represents minimal change in the trend estimate for the second consecutive month. When compared with May 2004 (78,496), the trend estimate increased 5.9%.

In May 2005, increases were recorded in the trend estimate for sales of new passenger vehicles (0.3%) and other new motor vehicles (0.5%) compared with April 2005, while sales of sport utility vehicles decreased (-1.1%). Compared with May 2004, increases were recorded for sales of all vehicle types, with sports utility vehicles recording the largest increase (7.7%).

The Northern Territory (0.9%), Queensland (0.8%), South Australia (0.5%) and Western Australia (0.3%) all recorded increases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in May 2005 compared with April 2005. The Australian Capital Territory recorded the largest decrease (-0.9%) over the same period. When compared with May 2004, all states and territories recorded increases in May 2005, with Western Australia (10.6%) and Queensland (9.1%) recording the largest increases.

Seasonally adjusted

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles for May 2005 (82,295) recorded a decrease (-1.2%) over April 2005. When compared with May 2004, the seasonally adjusted estimate increased 4.8% in May 2005.

Decreases were recorded in the seasonally adjusted sales of new motor vehicles across all vehicle types in May 2005 compared with April 2005. This is the third consecutive month that sales of sports utility vehicles have recorded a decrease.

Most states and territories recorded increases in seasonally adjusted estimates for sales of new motor vehicles in May 2005 compared with April 2005. The Australian Capital Territory recorded the largest increase (7.3%), while decreases were recorded by Western Australia (-3.1%), New South Wales (-2.3%) and Queensland (-1.6%). All states and territories recorded increases in May 2005 compared with May 2004, with Queensland (9.6%) recording the largest increase.

Sales Of New Motor Vehicles, May 2005
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
25,521
21,356
18,218
5,460
8,054
1,659
788
1,239
82,295
Trend
26,126
21,304
18,366
5,508
8,115
1,678
806
1,257
83,160


Percentage Change From Previous Month
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.3
0.3
-1.6
0.1
-3.1
2.8
0.0
7.3
-1.2
Trend
-0.5
-0.1
0.8
0.5
0.3
-0.7
0.9
-0.9
0.0


Percentage Change From Previous Year
Seasonally Adjusted
1.0
5.0
9.6
4.1
7.1
7.7
0.6
2.3
4.8
Trend
3.1
5.1
9.1
6.4
10.6
7.4
5.6
4.9
5.9

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.


NOTES

TREND REVISIONS

Trend estimates are likely to be revised when new seasonally adjusted estimates become available. For further information, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 11 and 12.

The graph below presents the effect of two possible scenarios on the previous trend estimates.

1The June 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is higher than the May 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.8%.
2The June 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate of total vehicle sales is lower than the May 2005 seasonally adjusted estimate by 3.8%.

The percentage change of 3.8% was chosen because the average absolute percentage change over the last 10 years has been 3.8%.



Graph: Trend Revisions

SUMMARY - TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES



Graph: Summary - Trend and seasonally adjusted estimates - Long Term



Graph: New Motor Vehicle Sales, Total Vehicles - Short Term



Table 1: New Motor Vehicle Sales

Passenger vehicles (No.)
Sports utility vehicles (No.)
Other vehicles (No.)
Total vehicles (No.)
Change passenger vehicles (%)
Change sports utility vehicles (%)
Change other vehicles (%)
Change total vehicles (%)

Original

2004March
53,728
15,005
17,313
86,046
12.2
16.6
14.4
13.4
April
44,079
12,351
14,875
71,305
-18.0
-17.7
-14.1
-17.1
May
46,168
15,052
17,059
78,279
4.7
21.9
14.7
9.8
June
58,284
17,981
20,947
97,212
26.2
19.5
22.8
24.2
July
46,724
14,442
15,869
77,035
-19.8
-19.7
-24.2
-20.8
August
48,649
14,910
15,685
79,244
4.1
3.2
-1.2
2.9
September
49,911
14,715
15,826
80,452
2.6
-1.3
0.9
1.5
October
52,290
13,907
15,470
81,667
4.8
-5.5
-2.2
1.5
November
52,888
15,257
16,190
84,335
1.1
9.7
4.7
3.3
December
48,673
14,311
15,996
78,980
-8.0
-6.2
-1.2
-6.3
2005January
43,075
13,826
12,664
69,565
-11.5
-3.4
-20.8
-11.9
February
50,645
15,478
14,886
81,009
17.6
11.9
17.5
16.5
March
53,280
17,348
15,798
86,426
5.2
12.1
6.1
6.7
April
46,645
13,749
15,936
76,330
-12.5
-20.7
0.9
-11.7
May
50,420
15,329
17,981
83,730
8.1
11.5
12.8
9.7

Seasonally Adjusted

2004March
49,003
13,407
16,536
78,946
-0.0
1.4
3.5
1.0
April
48,531
13,477
15,813
77,821
-1.0
0.5
-4.4
-1.4
May
47,819
14,678
16,036
78,533
-1.5
8.9
1.4
0.9
June
49,518
14,434
15,440
79,392
3.6
-1.7
-3.7
1.1
July
47,484
14,714
16,021
78,219
-4.1
1.9
3.8
-1.5
August
48,365
14,921
15,846
79,132
1.9
1.4
-1.1
1.2
September
49,978
15,124
16,269
81,371
3.3
1.4
2.7
2.8
October
51,602
15,440
16,443
83,485
3.2
2.1
1.1
2.6
November
50,076
15,065
15,817
80,958
-3.0
-2.4
-3.8
-3.0
December
47,903
14,391
16,114
78,408
-4.3
-4.5
1.9
-3.1
2005January
52,319
15,924
17,064
85,307
9.2
10.7
5.9
8.8
February
52,605
16,232
16,118
84,955
0.5
1.9
-5.5
-0.4
March
50,255
15,839
15,570
81,664
-4.5
-2.4
-3.4
-3.9
April
51,257
15,070
16,946
83,273
2.0
-4.9
8.8
2.0
May
51,162
14,639
16,494
82,295
-0.2
-2.9
-2.7
-1.2

Trend

2004March
48,588
13,679
15,953
78,220
-0.1
1.2
0.9
0.3
April
48,501
13,876
15,989
78,366
-0.2
1.4
0.2
0.2
May
48,397
14,143
15,956
78,496
-0.2
1.9
-0.2
0.2
June
48,464
14,460
15,916
78,840
0.1
2.2
-0.3
0.4
July
48,709
14,747
15,900
79,356
0.5
2.0
-0.1
0.7
August
49,037
14,941
15,951
79,929
0.7
1.3
0.3
0.7
September
49,452
15,058
16,072
80,582
0.8
0.8
0.8
0.8
October
49,895
15,181
16,186
81,262
0.9
0.8
0.7
0.8
November
50,313
15,357
16,247
81,917
0.8
1.2
0.4
0.8
December
50,654
15,526
16,273
82,453
0.7
1.1
0.2
0.7
2005January
50,894
15,623
16,284
82,801
0.5
0.6
0.1
0.4
February
51,071
15,633
16,308
83,012
0.3
0.1
0.1
0.3
March
51,233
15,551
16,350
83,134
0.3
-0.5
0.3
0.1
April
51,321
15,400
16,399
83,120
0.2
-1.0
0.3
-0.0
May
51,452
15,233
16,475
83,160
0.3
-1.1
0.5
0.0

Table 2: New Motor Vehicle Sales by State/Territory of Registration

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT(a)
ACT(a)
Aust.
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)
(No.)

Original

2004March
28,118
22,137
18,611
5,561
8,086
1,343
912
1,278
86,046
April
23,033
19,083
14,831
4,670
6,529
1,229
812
1,118
71,305
May
25,649
20,106
16,373
5,215
7,296
1,513
918
1,209
78,279
June
31,438
23,929
22,026
6,436
8,969
1,982
958
1,474
97,212
July
25,031
19,410
17,141
4,949
7,228
1,449
646
1,181
77,035
August
24,795
20,850
17,269
5,414
7,513
1,585
677
1,141
79,244
September
25,241
20,821
17,188
5,289
8,177
1,855
739
1,142
80,452
October
25,621
22,747
16,079
5,413
7,875
1,981
709
1,242
81,667
November
26,619
23,052
17,117
5,450
8,157
1,944
694
1,302
84,335
December
24,315
21,700
16,537
4,998
7,341
2,245
647
1,197
78,980
2005January
22,467
18,015
14,530
4,466
6,931
1,478
560
1,118
69,565
February
25,754
20,580
17,837
5,489
7,880
1,431
776
1,262
81,009
March
27,474
21,963
19,114
5,452
8,623
1,571
888
1,341
86,426
April
24,329
19,497
16,789
5,034
7,329
1,371
858
1,123
76,330
May
26,204
21,882
18,221
5,534
8,066
1,639
912
1,272
83,730

Seasonally Adjusted

2004March
25,769
20,385
16,831
5,211
7,381
1,406
775
1,188
78,946
April
25,258
20,616
16,183
5,171
7,115
1,498
764
1,216
77,821
May
25,268
20,333
16,627
5,247
7,523
1,541
783
1,211
78,533
June
25,468
20,423
17,366
5,212
7,188
1,808
723
1,204
79,392
July
25,201
19,787
17,106
5,040
7,623
1,568
688
1,206
78,219
August
25,080
20,642
17,056
5,329
7,626
1,537
731
1,131
79,132
September
25,543
20,965
17,246
5,423
8,396
1,792
805
1,201
81,371
October
25,969
22,762
17,272
5,616
7,920
1,921
762
1,263
83,485
November
25,620
21,459
16,961
5,267
8,027
1,674
710
1,240
80,958
December
25,143
21,115
16,722
4,738
7,155
1,675
702
1,158
78,408
2005January
27,144
22,350
17,941
5,603
8,354
1,857
739
1,319
85,307
February
27,146
21,704
18,401
5,646
8,127
1,726
860
1,345
84,955
March
26,184
20,989
17,475
5,382
7,725
1,769
782
1,358
81,664
April
26,134
21,295
18,523
5,452
8,312
1,614
788
1,155
83,273
May
25,521
21,356
18,218
5,460
8,054
1,659
788
1,239
82,295

Trend

2004March
25,511
20,433
16,426
5,190
7,224
1,483
746
1,207
78,220
April
25,450
20,355
16,643
5,175
7,264
1,518
759
1,202
78,366
May
25,350
20,277
16,830
5,176
7,339
1,563
763
1,198
78,496
June
25,292
20,315
16,988
5,208
7,470
1,610
763
1,194
78,840
July
25,291
20,489
17,086
5,254
7,628
1,655
760
1,193
79,356
August
25,314
20,783
17,120
5,296
7,775
1,695
754
1,192
79,929
September
25,411
21,154
17,122
5,328
7,897
1,726
748
1,196
80,582
October
25,600
21,507
17,129
5,354
7,968
1,749
743
1,212
81,262
November
25,869
21,743
17,191
5,374
7,991
1,768
744
1,237
81,917
December
26,142
21,794
17,353
5,393
7,988
1,772
749
1,262
82,453
2005January
26,332
21,696
17,580
5,410
7,986
1,758
761
1,278
82,801
February
26,402
21,552
17,819
5,437
8,010
1,734
775
1,283
83,012
March
26,370
21,433
18,037
5,465
8,049
1,712
789
1,279
83,134
April
26,258
21,320
18,215
5,482
8,088
1,690
799
1,268
83,120
May
26,126
21,304
18,366
5,508
8,115
1,678
806
1,257
83,160

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.

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