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RV dealerships were more profitable during the first half of this year than they were during the first six months of 2003, with smaller dealers experiencing the greatest amount in earnings growth, almost 41%, according to consultant firm Spader Business Management.
On average, dealers with less than $5 million in annual sales posted net earnings of $130,379 during the first half of this year, a 40.9% increase over the $92,552 earned a year earlier, the Spader firm reports.
The largest dealerships, those with more than $10 million in annual sales, reported earning $640,339 during the first half of this year, a 3.6% increase over the $618,364 earned during the first half of 2003.
Mid-size dealers, those with between $5 million and $10 million in annual sales, posted net profits averaging $258,911 during the first half of this year, a 4.1% increase over the $248,772 they earned during the same period a year earlier.
In terms of new RV unit sales revenue, smaller dealers, on average, reported increases of 17.1% during the first half of this year to $1,476,412, compared with $1,261,200 in new unit sales during the first half of 2003.
Mid-size and larger dealers experienced new RV unit sales revenue increases in the 3% to 5% range during the first half of this year, the Spader firm reports.
At the larger dealerships, new RV unit sales revenue increased an average of 3.1% during the first half of this year to $6,711,876, compared with $6,509,699 a year earlier.
At mid-size dealerships, new RV unit sales revenue increased 5.4% during the first half of this year to an average of $2,988,007, compared with $2,835,656 a year earlier.