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The retail market for Class A motorhomes grew at a 3.3% rate in September, which represents moderation when compared with the more robust rates of growth experienced n the spring and summer, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Meanwhile, retail sales of Class C motorhomes grew at a torrid 14.2% rate when September of this year is compared with September 2002, Statistical Surveys also reported.
There were 3,775 Class A’s retailed in September in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 3,654 in September 2002.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales data from New Hampshire in time for its report, and it does not gather Hawaii’s data.
The 3.3% rate of growth for Class A’s in September pales in comparison with the 13.9% rate in the second quarter and the 9.2% rate in the entire third quarter of this year, according to Statistical Surveys.
But after the first nine months of this year, Class A retail sales still were up 8.2% to 31,312 units, compared with 28,946 Class A’s retailed in the first nine months of 2002.
A total of 1,652 Class C’s were sold in September, compared with 1,447 in September 2002.
After the first nine months of this year, retail sales of Class C’s were up 6.9% to 14,126 units, compared with 13,215 in the first three quarters of 2002.