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MEDIA RELEASE

December 21, 2004
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)
176/2004

Latest New Motor Vehicle Sales Data

The trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles increased 0.6% to 82,253 in November 2004. When compared with November 2003 (77,701) the trend estimate has shown an increase of 5.9%.

Sales of passenger vehicles recorded an increase of 0.9% over the last month while sales of sports utility vehicles increased 0.2% and other vehicles increased 0.3%. The trend estimate for sales of sports utility vehicles has been increasing continually since September 2003, recording a total increase of 20.4% since this time.

All states and territories recorded increases in the trend estimate for sales of new motor vehicles in November 2004 with the exception of Queensland which recorded a decrease of 0.5%.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for sales of new motor vehicles decreased 3.1% to 81,234 in November 2004. Passenger vehicle sales decreased 2.9%, sales of sports utility vehicles decreased 2.2% and sales of other new vehicles decreased 4.9% in November 2004 compared to October 2004.

Western Australia was the only state or territory to record an increase (up 2.1%) in the seasonally adjusted estimate for the sales of new motor vehicles.
SALES OF NEW MOTOR VEHICLES, November 2004
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT
ACT
Aust.

VEHICLE SALES
Seasonally Adjusted
25,530
21,714
16,835
5,314
8,138
1,757
724
1,222
81,234
Trend
25,701
21,974
17,154
5,431
8,183
1,835
755
1,220
82,253


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
Seasonally Adjusted
-2.1
-5.1
-3.2
-4.6
2.1
-10.0
-5.1
-2.4
-3.1
Trend
0.3
1.7
-0.5
0.6
1.1
1.5
0.5
0.7
0.6


PERCENTAGE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
Seasonally Adjusted
3.0
6.6
7.2
0.4
14.8
7.9
10.2
-0.2
5.8
Trend
0.3
6.6
10.1
2.6
14.7
17.0
17.1
-2.6
5.9

(a) Seasonally adjusted numbers of new motor vehicle sales in Tasmania should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraphs 6 to 8 of the Explanatory Notes.

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).

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