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The profitability of the average smaller RV dealership was up sharply when the first seven months of this year are compared with the same portion of 2000, according to consultant firm the Spader Companies.

The Spader firm defines smaller dealerships as having less than $5 million in annual sales, and the average smaller dealer reported a 43.2% increase in net earnings during the first seven months of this year.

The average smaller dealer earned $107,729 through the end of July.

The average smaller dealer earned bigger profits with a marginally higher new-unit inventory and marginally lower new-unit sales revenue, the Spader firm reports.

New RV unit sales revenue at the average smaller dealership declined 1.5% during the first seven months of this year to $1,443,130, while new RV unit inventories were up 1.8% to $1,022,879 as of the end of July.

Meanwhile, used-unit inventories at smaller dealerships were down 1.4% at the end of July to $222,473 and used-unit sales fell 6.5% during the first seven months of this year to $468,137.

Total sales at the average smaller dealership were essentially flat at $2,409,876 during the first seven months of this year.

Smaller dealerships also reported sharp increases in F&I, parts and accessories and service income during the first seven months of this year, the Spader firm reports.

Service income at the average smaller dealership grew 10.9% during the first seven months of this year to $155,453 while its F&I income climbed 11.8% to $33,418. Parts and accessories income at the average smaller dealership also grew 11.3% to $205,909 through the end of July.