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Boat sales show improvement in May

Sales of recreational boats ended three months of declines in May, enabling the industry to avoid the disappointment of a spring selling season that did not include a single month of industrywide gains. Aluminum fishing boats and pontoons led the charge as sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments rose 7.1 percent, to 11,661, from…more

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Boat sales continue to slump in April

Recreational boat sales slipped in April for the third month in a row as the spring selling season continued to disappoint the industry. Even the aluminum pontoon category, a standout during the recovery that began last year, lost ground. Pontoon sales fell 3.6 percent to 2,522 boats from the same month a year earlier in…more

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Cold weather chills boat sales in March

The recreational boating industry’s growth engines sputtered in March amid inclement early spring weather as overall sales dropped for the second month in a row after a year of recovery and consistent gains. Sales of aluminum pontoon boats rose just 1.3 percent, or 18, to 1,386 from the same month last year in early reporting…more

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Boat sales suffer setback in February

A year ago, spring arrived early in many parts of the country and the recreational boating industry rode a large and early wave of customers to strong results in February. This year, the industry appears to have caught a chill. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments reversed course. Rather than the double-digit gain of…more

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Sales continue growth trend in January

Last winter, reports in January of rising sales of pontoon boats and small to midsize outboard fiberglass boats were a pleasant surprise in the U.S. boatbuilding industry. Such results since have become the norm, and sales figures that Statistical Surveys Inc. compiled for January this year show that the industry is continuing to build on…more

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December sales solidify industry’s 2012 gains

It’s official: 2012 was a comeback year for the recreational boating industry. Industrywide sales rose 9.4 percent, to 196,519 boats, and sales in the main powerboat segments climbed 11.2 percent, to 121,789, compared with the previous year, in 26 early reporting states that represent 64 percent of the nation’s boat market, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported.…more

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Boat sales get a bounce in November

Recreational boat sales typically aren’t high in November, but the industry attracted significantly more buyers this year than it did a year earlier as 2012 continued to be a year of recovery. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 12.3 percent for the month, to 2,748 boats, from November 2011 and they were also 12.3…more

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Boat sales regain strength in October

After stalling in September, the recreational boating industry roared back to life in October with double-digit sales increases in several categories during what is traditionally a low-volume month in the industry. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 22.1 percent, to 3,490 boats, from October 2011, and they were up 21 percent to 5,181 boats…more

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Boat sales recovery stalls in September

The recreational boating industry’s year-long rebound cooled in September, but the annual end to warm summer weather in much of the nation may have been more of a coincidence than a cause. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments were virtually flat, rising just 0.3 percent, to 3,776 boats, from September 2011 and industrywide sales…more

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Boat sales keep steady pace in August

Like a weather pattern that settles in and dominates a season, recreational boat sales stayed in their 2012 summer groove in August with increases among aluminum fishing and pontoon boats and smaller fiberglass outboards and declines among smaller fiberglass sterndrives, cruisers and yachts. The industry’s growth lagged the pace it set earlier in the summer,…more

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