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MEDIA RELEASE

December 17, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
141/2003

Brakes applied - growth rate slower

The rate of growth of the trend estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles has slowed over the last six months. The trend estimate decreased by 0.2% to 79,332 in November 2003 compared with October 2003. From November 2002 to November 2003 the trend estimate increased by 12.3%.

Tasmania (2.8%), Queensland (0.5%) and South Australia (0.3%) were the only states to record a growth in the trend estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles in November 2003. The Australian Capital Territory (0.7%) recorded the largest fall.

Trend estimates for the sales of total passenger vehicles fell by 0.5% and total other vehicles rose by 0.5%.

Seasonally adjusted estimates of total new motor vehicle sales rose by 0.1% in November 2003 compared with October 2003. The largest increase was recorded for Victoria (1.8%) and the largest decrease was recorded for Tasmania (15.5%).



Sales of New Motor Vehicles, November 2003
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
24,861
20,473
15,775
5,314
7,144
1,671
642
1,239
77,119
Trend
26,202
20,837
15,947
5,388
7,242
1,790
642
1,284
79,332

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
0.7
1.8
0.0
-0.3
-1.6
-15.5
1.7
-2.1
0.1
Trend
-0.6
-0.3
0.5
0.3
-0.5
2.8
-0.3
-0.7
-0.2

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
4.4
5.6
19.7
17.2
13.0
30.3
3.0
5.8
9.7
Trend
9.2
8.0
18.4
18.7
14.5
42.4
3.5
8.9
12.3
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 via this web site.

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