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A tight marketplace continued to weigh down motorized sales in June, as the sector experienced an 18.5% decline in retail registrations for the month and remained 8.4% behind 2004 through the first half of the year, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
June marked the third straight month that the motorized market registered a double-digit percentage dip with 5,710 units sold compared with 7,002 last year.
For the first six months, motorhome retail registrations totaled 31,087 units versus 33,927 units a year ago while sales declined 16.6% during the second quarter.
Class A motorhome sales fell 22.3% in June to 3,367 units from 4,332 last year and were down 10.3% for the first six months.
The Class C retail market also lagged behind last year in June, dropping 12.2% to 2,343 units sold from 2,670 in 2004.
Statistical Surveys noted that the June summary is complete, with the states of Oklahoma and Delaware not reporting for the month. Adjusted figures, eliminating 2004 totals from those two states, decreased losses by around 1% in each of the overall, Class A and Class C totals.
Other highlights include:
• For the first half of the year, Class A motorhome sales were 20,221 units compared with 22,553 last year.
• Class C retail registrations were down 4.5% through June with 10,866 units sold.
• Motorhome sales during the second quarter were 16,231 units, down from 19,464 a year ago while Class A retail registrations fell 20.6% and Class C sales were down 9.7% during the three-month period.