Recreational boat sales growth slowed sharply in the second quarter as strong June numbers were diluted by weak results in April and May.
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Though small performance sailboats have seen somewhat strong demand, the desire for large sailing yachts has waned.
Recreational boating weathered a rough July as sales fell across most major industry categories.
Powerboat sales were likely “flattish” year over year in July, a Wells Fargo marine industry analyst says.
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Retail sales in the main powerboat segments likely increased between 6 and 8 percent in June, a Wells Fargo marine industry analyst is projecting, an increase from initial forecasts of 4 to 6 percent.
Though the scars of recessions past continue to linger with businesses as well as consumers, the industry seems poised at the midway point of the year to have a pretty solid 2016 if the current trajectory continues.
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The spring began with much promise in the recreational boat industry — 20 percent sales gains in March — but apart from a few reliable growth engines, overall sales in May weren’t much stronger than they had been during a weak April.
Boosted by the strongest March results since 2008, the recreational boating industry posted double-digit first-quarter sales gains, including two segments that sold nearly 10,000 boats.