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Major combat in Iraq appeared to be over as of May 1 and American consumers celebrated with a strong month of motorhome buying, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Class A motorhome retail sales increased 13.3% and Class C motorhome sales climbed 18.3% higher in May, when compared with May 2002, Statistical Surveys reported.
There were 3,569 Class A’s sold by dealers in May in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 3,151 Class A’s sold during May 2002.
Statistical Surveys was unable to collect New Hampshire’s May sales in time for its report and Mississippi’s data was incomplete. Also, Statistical Surveys does not gather Hawaii’s retail sales data.
Thanks to the strong performance in May, retail sales of Class A’s was up 4.3% after the first five months of this year to 15,942 units, compared with 15,281 units sold by dealers during the same portion of last year.
In the Class C market, there were 1,897 units sold by dealers in the 47 states during May, compared with 1,604 units retailed in the same month a year earlier.
After the first five months of this year, Class C retail sales were up 9.2% to 6,896 units, compared with 6,313 units retailed in the same portion of 2002.