SYDNEY Oct 18 Australian sales of new vehicles
rose to an all-time high in September with solid growth across
all lines from sports utilities to commercial vehicles, data out
on Tuesday showed.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported sales climbed
2.5 percent in September, from August when sales had been flat
for the month. Seasonally adjusted sales of 100,640 were the
highest on record.
Sales for the whole third quarter were up 1.5 percent on the
previous quarter, implying consumer and business spending on
cars made a useful contribution to economic growth.
The strength in September was broad based with sales of
passenger vehicles rising 2.1 percent, SUV's 3.5 percent and
other vehicles 1.5 percent.
(Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)