Motor trade sales rose by 12.1 percent year on year in July‚ compared with a 11.1 percent year-on-year increase in June‚ Statistics SA reported on Thursday.
The highest annual growth rate was recorded for new vehicle sales (17.8 percent)‚ followed by workshop income (13.4 percent) and convenience store sales (12.8 percent).
Seasonally adjusted motor trade sales decreased by 1.4 percent month on month in July‚ following month-on-month changes of -1.8 percent in June and 3.6 percent in May.
Seasonally adjusted motor trade sales increased by 3.2 percent in the three months ended July compared with the previous three months.
Stats SA also reported that motor trade sales rose 13.5 percent in the three months ended July compared with the same period last year. Sales for the corresponding period in 2011 increased by 12.5 percent.
The major contributors to the 13.5 percent increase were new vehicle sales (21.8 percent and contributing 5.8 percentage points); fuel sales (10.3 percent and contributing 3.0 percentage points); and sales of accessories (12.5 percent and contributing 2.1 percentage points).