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MEDIA RELEASE

November 19, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
155/2002
Rise for new motor vehicle sales during October continues trend: ABS

The trend estimate for total new motor vehicle sales rose by 0.4% in October compared with September 2002. This is the fifth consecutive month in which the trend estimate has risen. A rise of 0.4% was recorded for passenger vehicle sales and a rise of 0.6% was recorded for other vehicle sales.

Queensland recorded the largest rise for the trend estimate of total new motor vehicle sales in October compared with September 2002 (18%) whereas the Northern Territory recorded the greatest fall (6.2%). Tasmania recorded the largest rise in the trend estimate for other vehicles sold (25.3%) but also recorded the largest fall of any state for passenger vehicles (13.7%).

The seasonally adjusted estimate of total new motor vehicle sales fell by 0.5% in October compared with September 2002. A small increase was recorded for passenger vehicle sales (0.3%) whereas a fall in other vehicle sales was recorded (1.8%).


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, October 2002
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
24,308
19,015
13,734
4,412
6,476
1,215
589
1,139
70,888
Trend
23,880
19,292
13,855
4,493
6,234
1,211
594
1,180
70,739
Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
3.1
-4.8
-0.2
-5.2
5.7
-1.5
-1.7
-11.8
-0.5
Trend
0.0
0.9
0.9
0.3
0.5
-1.0
-1.3
-0.6
0.4
Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
5.8
9.2
18.4
9.4
13.9
-2.3
-2.6
-4.5
9.5
Trend
3.1
6.0
18.0
8.4
4.6
-0.2
-6.2
1.8
6.8


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 website.

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