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April 23, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
59/2004

Latest new motor vehicle sales data

The trend estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles increased 0.5% to 78,521 in March 2004 compared with February 2004. The trend estimate for total new motor vehicle sales has increased for the first three months of 2004.

An increase of 6.1% was recorded in the trend estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles in March 2004 compared with March 2003.

Sales of passenger vehicles recorded an increase in the trend estimate of 0.1% in March 2004 compared with February 2004. This increase followed six months of negative growth. The trend estimate for sales of other vehicles increased by 1.2% in March 2004 compared with February 2004.

Most states/territories recorded an increase in the trend estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles in March 2004 compared with March 2003. The exception was the Australian Capital Territory which recorded a fall of 3.9% over the twelve month period.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles decreased by 0.6% to 79,332 in March 2004 compared with February 2004.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of total new motor vehicles increased by 7.1% in March 2004 compared with March 2003. Passenger vehicle sales increased by 2.1% and other vehicle sales increased by 16.5% over the twelve month period.

Sales of New Motor Vehicles, March 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
25,979
20,608
16,872
5,204
7,298
1,398
794
1,179
79,332
Trend
25,754
20,522
16,503
5,204
7,209
1,408
733
1,188
78,521

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
-1.5
-1.1
1.2
-0.3
1.4
-8.0
8.2
-2.3
-0.6
Trend
0.4
0.1
1.8
-0.2
0.4
-3.0
3.7
-1.1
0.5

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
5.4
2.5
16.5
4.2
10.8
4.3
15.1
-5.0
7.1
Trend
3.5
2.1
16.2
4.3
9.1
5.5
8.3
-3.9
6.1
This publication draws on new motor vehicle sales data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

Media please note:

Further details are contained in Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia (cat. no. 9314.0) available via the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).

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