The Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries' VFACTS report nearly slipped under the radar, but Reuters on top of it:

  • New vehicles sales up 1.8 percent y/y in August
  • highest total for an August month on record
  • fourth straight month of record sales

A sign consumer spending was holding up despite sluggish wage growth

Updates ... AUD a strong performer, up sharply after the data (which will add to the GDP result tomorrow).