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June was the first month this year resulting in fewer Class A motorhomes sold to retail buyers than during the corresponding month in 2003, according to independent market research firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
The decline in Class A retail sales in June was not a complete surprise. The RV retail market was weak during most of the first half of 2003 due to worries about the impact on the economy of military conflict in Iraq, which began in March of last year.
The RV retail market did not begin to rebound in earnest until June of last year, according to most industry observers, which helps explain why Class A retail sales declined 3.1% this past June to 4,281 units, compared with 4,416 units sold by dealers during June 2003.
According to Statistical Surveys, the June motorhome retail sales figures do not include the units sold by dealers in Delaware, New Hampshire or Utah because those states did not compile their data in time for Statistical Surveys’ report.
Despite the 3.1% decline in June, retail sales of Class A’s increased by 8.7% during the second quarter of this year to 12,578 units, compared with 11,572 units sold by dealers during the April-through-June portion of 2003.
During the first half of this year, retail sales of Class A’s were up 11.7% to 22,781 units, compared with 20,388 units sold by dealers during the first six months of 2003.
Meanwhile, the smaller Class C motorhome retail market remained robust in June, Statistical Surveys reported. Class C retail sales increased 13.1% in June to 2,607 units, compared with 2,306 Class C’s sold by dealers during June 2003.
During the second quarter of this year, Class C retail sales increased 18.3% to 7,019 units, compared with 5,931 units retailed during the same portion of last year.
During the first half of this year, Class C retail sales increased 20.7% to 11,254 units, compared with 9,322 Class C’s sold by dealers during the first six months of 2003.