Retail sales of Class A motorhomes declined by 6.2% in October although Statistical Surveys President Tom Walworth said that may have occurred because four states provided incomplete registration data.
Kansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and West Virginia all experienced delays in processing their data, Walworth said. Retail sales of both Class A and Class C motorhomes were down a total of 120 units in the four states in October, when compared with October 2002. Meanwhile, retail sales of Class A’s and C’s in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data was down a total or 121 units in October, Walworth said.
So it is possible the numbers show a decline in Class A retail in October because the four states were unable to deliver all of their sales figures on time, he speculated.
Statistical Surveys also was unable to gather New Hampshire’s data prior to its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s numbers.
Consequently, Statistical Surveys reports that 3,102 Class A motorhomes were sold by dealers in October, compared with 3,306 a year earlier.
However, despite the possible softness in October, retail sales of Class A’s were up 6.9% when the first 10 months of this year are compared with the same portion of 2002. There were 34,483 Class A’s retailed in the first 10 months of this year, compared with 32,252 in the same portion of 2002, Statistical Surveys reports.
Meanwhile Class C retail sales increased 7.5% in October to 1,188 units, compared with 1,105 in October 2002.
After the first 10 months of this year, Class C sales were up 7.1% to 15,333 units, compared with 14,320 in the same period last year.