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Retail sales in the towable sector showed pronounced growth in February compared with 2004, led by a sharp increase in the travel trailer market, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Overall, February towable sales grew 8.9% to 15,840 units versus 14,547 units last year. For the first two months, cumulative towable sales improved 8.7% to 28,805 units from 26,490 units in 2004.
The travel trailer retail market continued to perform well in February, outpacing last year by 13.4% with 9,092 units sold compared with 8,020 the previous year. Two-month totals showed a healthy 14% increase to 16,300 units sold from 14,304 units in 2004.
Fifth-wheel sales rose 9.4% for February and were up 6.8% for the first two months. Sales of folding camping trailers continued to decline, down almost 14% in February.
Statistical Surveys noted that the February report reflected incomplete information from Wisconsin and Iowa and did not include New Hampshire. The independent research firm does not gather information from Hawaii.
Other highlights include:
* February fifth-wheel sales increased to 5,131 units from 4,691 last year while 9,694 units were sold for the first two months of 2005 compared with 9,077.
* February fold-down sales dropped to 1,302 units from 1,512 in 2004 while 2,143 units were sold through February versus 2,457 last year.
* Combined fifth-wheel and travel trailer sales were up 11.9% in February to 14,223 units and 11.2% for the first two months to 25,994 units compared with 2004.
* Park model sales were down 2.8% for February, but grew 2.5% for the first two months with 315 units and 668 units sold respectively.