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9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Apr 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/05/2003   
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MEDIA RELEASE

May 19, 2003
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
47/2003
New motor vehicle sales show steady growth: ABS

The trend estimate in new motor vehicle sales showed steady growth over the last six months. Total vehicle sales increased by 1.3% in April 2003 (74,147) compared with March 2003 (73,175). Passenger vehicle sales increased by 1.2%, while other vehicle sales increased by 1.5% over the same period.

All states and territories recorded increases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in April 2003, except Western Australia which showed no movement. The Northern Territory and Queensland recorded the highest growth with 2.4% and 2.1% respectively.

Seasonally adjusted estimates increased by 2.3% in April 2003 (74,597) compared with March 2003 (72,907). Seasonally adjusted sales of passenger and other vehicles increased by 1.3% and 4.2% respectively.


Sales of New Motor Vehicles, April 2003

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
Vehicle Sales
Seasonally Adjusted
25,777
19,695
14,567
5,044
6,203
1,333
706
1,272
74,597
Trend
24,999
19,980
14,328
5,132
6,416
1,321
714
1,257
74,147

Percentage change from previous month
Seasonally Adjusted
7.4
-1.9
2.8
1.9
-4.0
1.9
-1.7
5.0
2.3
Trend
1.5
0.7
2.1
1.9
0.0
1.6
2.4
1.9
1.3

Percentage change from previous year
Seasonally Adjusted
5.7
6.5
14.3
15.7
1.0
6.3
15.9
-4.1
7.6
Trend
3.8
7.8
12.9
18.2
4.2
5.1
13.5
8.6
7.7



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, Electronic Publication, (cat. no. 9314.0) available via the ABS website.

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