Sales soar as Aussies implement new taxes MELBOURNE — New car sales soar 77% in July after the introduction of Australia's new tax system. A record 68,500 new passenger cars were sold in July — up from 38,696 in June — as the 22% whole sale sales tax was replaced by a 10% goods and service tax (GST), producing an average 6% drop in prices. The rush to buy ended a pre-GST buyers' strike that saw sales fall 23% since February. The government says sales were 32% above the figure in July 1999. ...

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