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Winnebago Industries Inc. reports the number of Class A and Class C motorhomes it shipped from its factories to its dealers declined by 22% during the three months ended May 31.
The Forest City, Iowa company delivered 2,601 Class A’s and Class C’s to its dealers during the March-through-May period, compared with 3,355 units shipped during the same portion of 2002.
Winnebago’s Class A shipments declined 25% during the quarter ended May 31 to 1,465 units, compared with 1,965 units delivered a year earlier.
The company’s diesel-engine Class A motorhome deliveries declined 19% during the three months ended May 31 to 397 units, compared with 489 units shipped during the same period a year earlier.
Winnebago’s shipments of Class C’s declined 18% during the March-through-May period to 1,136 units, compared with 1,390 units delivered a year earlier.
Meanwhile, the number of Winnebago units on its dealers’ lots grew by 7% to 4,561 units as of May 31, compared with 4,271 units a year earlier.
Winnebago’s total dealer order backlog declined by 47% to 1,419 Class A and Class C units as of May 31, compared with a backlog of 2,689 units a year earlier.
The company’s Class A order backlog was down 45% to 941 units as of May 31, compared with 1,721 units a year earlier. Its Class C backlog was down 51% to 478 units, compared with 968 units a year earlier.
“Shipments of the company’s motorhomes slowed during the third (fiscal) quarter as a result of dealers choosing to trim inventory levels due to low consumer confidence levels, uncertainty about the war in Iraq and the coming model-year changeover,” said Bruce Hertzke, Winnebago’s chairman, president and CEO.