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After a slack August, retail sales of new Class A and Class C motorhomes rebounded sharply in September, suggesting that consumers are not being deterred by the possibility of war with Iraq.
Retail sales of Class A’s increased 14.7% to 3,509 new units sold in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys Inc. was able to gather to data, compared with 3,068 Class A’s sold in the same 47 states in September 2001.
Meanwhile, Class C retail sales improved by 16.6% in the 47 states in September to 1,323 new units sold, compared with 1,134 units in the same states a year earlier.
In comparison, retail sales of Class A’s fell by 15.6% and Class C retail was down 1.5% when August of this year is compared with August 2001.
Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, was unable to gather retail sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina in time for its August and September reports. Statistical Surveys also does not gather retail sales data from Hawaii.
Thanks in part to the robust September, retail sales of Class A’s and Class C’s were up by sizable amounts when the first nine months of this year are compared with the same portion of 2001.
There were 28,353 new Class A’s sold in the first nine months of this year, an 8.4% increase over the 26,162 units sold a year earlier.
In the Class C market, retail sales were up 14.4% during the first nine months of this year to 12,521 new units, compared with 10,949 units retailed in the same portion of last year.
The Statistical Surveys year-to-data does not include South Carolina sales in August and September and does not include any New Hampshire sales for the first nine months of this year.