The new motor vehicles sales in Australia declined to 3.3% during the month of August, and the actual reading came lower than a previous reading 8.6% that was revised to 9.0%.

Moreover, the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on 11 March 2011 may have affected new motor vehicle sales in Australia due to associated delays in delivery of Japanese manufactured vehicles. Further, the impacts from the earthquake and tsunami could continue to disrupt supply of new motor vehicles to Australia.