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Sales of new motor vehicles hits speed bump


Nick Bendel

Nick Bendel


Car sales fell during July, although sales volumes moderately increased over the year, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

There were 99,911 sales of new motor vehicles throughout Australia last month (see table below).

That was down 2.0 per cent in monthly terms but up 1.8 per cent in annual terms.

Western Australia and South Australia were the only states to post a monthly sales increase.

However, Western Australia was one of only two sales to post an annual decrease, the other being Tasmania.

Region July sales Monthly change Annual change
New South Wales 33,336 -0.9% 0.9%
Victoria 28,349 -3.2% 4.4%
Queensland 19,872 -3.9% 2.2%
Western Australia 7,987 1.7% -7.8%
South Australia 6,269 0.6% 8.1%
Tasmania 1,563 -2.6% -1.5%
ACT 1,587 -4.1% 3.7%
Northern Territory 948 -6.3% 8.7%
Australia 99,911 -2.0% 1.8%

As the graph below shows, car sales have been trending upwards since the market slumped about a decade ago, during the Global Financial Crisis.

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