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September motorized retail sales were down 14.8% compared with 2004, pulled down by a nearly 20% drop in Class A sales according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc.
The contraction marked the fourth double-digit decline in the last five months in motorized retail registrations, interrupted by a comparatively modest 4.8% decrease in August.
The downward trend continues to reflect the effects of a soft marketplace as motorhome wholesale shipments through September lagged nearly 13% behind last year’s pace.
Overall motorhome sales totaled 4,716 units in September versus 5,534 a year ago and were down 8.4% for the first nine months to 45,821 retail registrations from 50,016.
September Class A sales declined 19.7% to 3,062 units from 3,813 in 2004, impacted by a 29% drop in the gas-powered market. Diesel registrations were off around 8% for the month.
Year-to-date the Class A sector was 11% behind 2004 with 29,632 units sold compared to 33,300.
Class C retail registrations fell 3.9% in September with 1,654 units sold versus 1,721 last year. For the first nine months, Class C sales were down just 3.2% to 16,189 units from 16,716 a year ago.
Statistical Surveys noted that the state of Oklahoma had not reported registrations since June.