Australian car sales speed up in April

Peter Terlato 16 May 2017 NEWS

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Sales of other vehicles bolster national figures.

National vehicle sales managed to rise slightly in April, ending five straight months of decline.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal a 0.1% gain in overall vehicle sales across the country, backed by modest rises in the sale of sports utility vehicles (0.2%) and other vehicles (1.6%).

Despite recording positive sales figures at the beginning of the year, passenger vehicle sales slipped 0.9% in April, marking the third consecutive month of decline.

SUV sales managed to gain quite a bit of momentum late last year, rising in September, October and November, but hit a roadblock in December and January before bouncing back in February and March.

The greatest gains in sales were in the Northern Territory (1%), continuing an upward trend that began in January. Tasmania (-0.9%) suffered the biggest fall in state vehicle sales during the month of April.

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