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Australian car sales fall in March

Peter Terlato 19 April 2017 NEWS

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This is the fifth month in a row of declining vehicle sales.

National vehicle sales continued their retreat in March, signalling the fifth straight month of decline.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal a 0.3% fall in overall vehicle sales across the country, despite moderate rises in the sale of sports utility vehicles (0.2%) and other vehicles (0.5%).

Despite recording positive sales figures at the beginning of the year, passenger vehicle sales slipped by 1.3% in March, marking the second consecutive month of decline. SUV sales managed to gain quite a bit of momentum late last year, rising in September, October and November, but then hit a roadblock in December and January before bouncing back in February.

Vehicle sales were down across every state except the Northern Territory, where sales remained flat.

Tasmania (-1.9%), the ACT (-0.6%), New South Wales (-0.4%), Victoria (-0.3%), South Australia (-0.3%) Western Australia (-0.2%) and Queensland (-0.1%) all experienced declines in overall sales.

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