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The retail market for Class A motorhomes remained relatively robust in July, increasing 8.5% when compared with July 2002, according to Statistical surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
There were 3,546 Class A’s sold by dealers in July in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 3,267 units that were retailed in July 2002.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales figures from New Hampshire in time for its report and it does not collect data from Hawaii.
The 8.5% increase is slightly better than the 7.9% increase in Class A retail sales in the first seven months of this year.
There were 23,854 Class A’s sold by dealers in the 48 states in the first seven months of the year, compared with 22,114 during the same portion of last year.
However, retail sales of Class A’s in July could not keep pace with the red-hot 14.1% increase that occurred during the second quarter of this year, when compared with the April-through-June portion of 2002.
During the first quarter of this year, when the nation was preparing for war in Iraq, retail sales of Class A’s increased only 0.5% when compared with the first three months of last year.
Meanwhile, Class C motorhome retail sales in the 48 states increased 2.5% in July to 1,653 units, compared with 1,612 units in July 2002.
During the first seven months of this year, Class C motorhome retail sales increased 9.1% in the 48 states to 10,748 units, compared with 9,855 units sold by dealers in the same portion of last year.
Class C retail sales also grew at a brisk 14.4% pace in the second quarter after experiencing 3.9% growth in the first quarter of this year.