Please find below for your convenience key extracts from The
Australian Bureau of Statistics with regards to Sales of New
Motor Vehicles in Australia, for March 2011.
Total New Motor Vehicle Sales
Trend - The March 2011 trend estimate (85,462) has increased by
0.2% when compared with February 2011.
Seasonally Adjusted - The March 2011 seasonally adjusted
estimate for new motor vehicle sales (87,141) increased by 3.4%
when compared with February 2011.
Sales by Type of Vehicle
Trend - When comparing national trend estimates for March 2011
with February 2011, sales of passenger vehicles decreased by 0.7%.
Sports utility vehicles and other vehicles increased by 0.7% and
1.7% respectively over the same period.
Seasonally Adjusted - When comparing seasonally adjusted
estimates for March 2011 with February 2011, sales of passenger
vehicles, sports utility vehicles and other vehicles increased by
1.3%, 7.8% and 4.3% respectively.
Sales by State
Five of the eight states and territories have experienced a
decrease in the trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales when
comparing March 2011 with February 2011.
Tasmania recorded the largest percentage decrease with 2.6%,
followed by the Northern Territory (0.9%) and South Australia
(0.8%). Queensland recorded the largest percentage increase of 1.1%
over the same period.
In seasonally adjusted terms, sales of new motor vehicles
increased in five of the eight states and territories for March
2011 when compared with February 2011. The Northern Territory
recorded the largest percentage increase of 9.9%, followed by New
South Wales and Queensland, both 6.7%. Over the same period South
Australia recorded the largest percentage decrease of 2.9%.
Impact of the Floods
The impact of recent flooding and cyclone events on new motor
vehicles sales is beginning to show in trend estimates for
Queensland. For both February and March 2011, Queensland recorded
the largest increase in the trend estimate (1.0% and 1.1%
It is expected that the flooding events will continue to have
an impact on sales in both Queensland and a number of other states
over the next few months as damaged vehicles are replaced.
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