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For the third straight month, towable sales declined from a year ago as August retail registrations were down 9.5%.
According to data from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., all towable sectors lagged behind last year’s totals.
For the remainder of 2006, year-over-year retail comparisons will reflect last year’s towable sales spike after Hurricane Katrina came ashore on Aug. 29. Retail lots, particularly in the Southeast, were cleared as the federal government, businesses and consumers bought thousands of units for use as temporary housing.
Overall August towable registrations totaled 23,335 units compared with 25,774 the previous year. For the first eight months, sales were relatively flat, down 1.4% to 194,208 units from 196,900 last year.
Other highlights from the August retail report include:
• August travel trailer sales dropped 6.2% to 14,237 units from 15,181 in 2005 while registrations for the first eight months were up 1.2% with 116,515 units sold compared to 115,178.
• The fifth-wheel retail market declined 14.7% for the month to 6,354 units sold from 7,449 the previous year. Year-to-date, fifth-wheel registrations fell 4.6% to 55,110 units versus 57,783 last year.
• August folding camping trailer sales decreased 13.4% to 2,270 units sold compared with 2,620 last year. For the first eight months, the sector dropped 6.3% to 19,041 units sold from 20,332.