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Motorized retail sales were down 4.9% in August, breaking a string of four consecutive months of double-digit declines, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc.
August Class A sales continued to reflect the effects of a soft marketplace, down 6.4% for the month and 10.3% year-to-date. Retail registrations of gas-powered motorhomes again dragged down the sector, falling 15% in August while diesel sales dropped 3%.
Class C sales were down just 2.1% for the month with 1,586 units sold compared to 1,620 last year. For the first eight months, sales declined 3.5% from 2004 with 14,438 units sold versus 14,969.
Statistical Surveys noted that information was delayed from Kansas, Minnesota and Mississippi for the month, and Oklahoma did not report registrations during June, July and August.
Excluding Oklahoma’s numbers from the corresponding months in 2004, adjusted figures showed overall motorhomes down 3.8% for August, Class A’s off 5.2% and Class C’s falling 1.4%.
Other highlights include:
• Total motorhome registrations for August totaled 4,544 units compared with 4,779 a year ago. For the first eight months, overall motorhome sales were down 8% to 40,897 units from 44,453 in 2004.
• August Class A sales were 2,958 units compared with 3,159 in the previous year. Year-to-date, Class A registrations dropped to 26,459 units from 29,484 in 2004.