New car sales down for ninth straight month

Tasmanian new car sales have fallen for the ninth consecutive month, according to figures released this morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The ABS figures show a 1.1 per cent decline in trend terms in July compared with June - an 11.6 per cent decline over the past 12 months.

Tasmania was the only state or territory to record a fall in trend terms.

SUV sales fell from 438 in June to 435 in July, passenger vehicle sales were down from 663 to 657, while other vehicles were down eight from 350 sales in June 2014.

Nationally, new car sales  were up 0.5 per cent in trend terms in July (down 0.8 per cent for the 12 months), but down 1.3 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms for the month (down 0.4 per cent over the past year).


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