Retail sales of Class A and Class C motorhomes, when combined, increased by 12.6% when January of this year is compared with January 2003, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Sales of Class A’s increased by 10.9% in January to 2,530 units, compared with 2,282 in January 2003.
Meanwhile, retail sales of Class C’s increased 17.5% in January to 942 units, compared with 802 a year earlier.
The Statistical Surveys figures came from 48 states. New Hampshire’s retail sales were not available in time for the report and the company does not collect data from Hawaii.
However, some of the 48 states apparently counted retail sales of motorhomes that occurred in December as sales in January. Consequently, Statistical Surveys pushed the sales of 297 motorhome units from January back to December, according to Tom Walworth, president.
A month ago, Statistical Surveys reported that retail sales of Class A’s and Class C’s fell by 18.5% in December, when compared with December 2002. However, that result contradicted reports of strong sales that Statistical Surveys received from several motorhome manufacturers, Walworth said.
Consequently, Statistical Surveys will revise the December 2003 report.
Statistical Surveys moved the sales of 297 motorhomes from January back to December because that would make the December 2003 figures more consistent with the December 2001 and 2002 totals, Walworth said.
Statistical Surveys is reporting that combined retail sales of Class A’s and Class C’s increased 4.9% in 2003, compared with 2002. It also reports that Class A retail increased 4.7% and Class C retail was up 5.4% compared with 2002.