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Although fewer Class A and Class C motorhomes were retailed in December than in December 2001, the motorhome sector posted gains of more than 10% when all of 2002 is compared with 2001, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Class A retail sales slipped 2.4% lower in December to 2,362 units sold by dealers in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 2,420 units retailed in the same 47 states in December 2001.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s totals.
Despite the decline in December, retail sales of Class A’s in the 47 states increased 10.1% for all of 2002 to 37,058 units, compared with 33,665 units retailed in the same 47 states in 2001.
Meanwhile, the Class C retail market followed the same pattern as Class A’s.
In December, Class C retail sales declined 5.6% in the 47 states to 671 units, compared with 711 units sold by dealers in the same states in December 2001.
But for all of 2002, Class C retail sales increased 16.4% in the 47 states to 15,532 units, compared with 13,343 units sold by dealers in the same 47 states in 2001.