The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new motor vehicle sales for the month of May, which registered no material movement over the month in seasonally-adjusted terms and only a 0.2% increase over the year. The result followed four consecutive monthly falls in sales (see next table).
Sales rose in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Northern Territory, and the ACT, but fell in Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia.
Car sales remain in a weakening uptrend, however, driven by strong growth in sales of Sports Utility Vehicles or SUVs (4WDs):
The trend also remains up in all mainland states, although it too is clearly weakening: