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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Retail sales report may hold important clues to growth

The robust jobs report for May was last week’s biggest business news, but boatbuilders and other makers of big-ticket items would be wise to take note of a jump in U.S. auto sales for the month and watch for signs of corresponding growth at other stores in the May retail sales report the government will…more

Economists expect solid gains in job report

If economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and MarketWatch are gauging the economy correctly, the May employment report, due out Friday, will track another month of job gains topping 200,000.

Readings on consumer confidence, home sales upbeat

The American consumer’s mood has been tough to read since the year started, but Tuesday’s rise in The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, coupled with a surge in sales of new single-family homes, suggests that the economy is starting to shake off the effects of a lethargic first quarter.

Chaparral and Robalo builder Marine Products Corp. cited a decline in Canadian sales because of the strong U.S. dollar.

A big impact on Canadian market

American-built boats are costing Canadians about 20 percent more than they did a few months ago because of a weakening Canadian dollar versus the strong U.S. dollar.

With European sales lagging, manufacturers there are increasingly targeting the North American market.

From Europe, ‘in droves’

European boatbuilders have been focusing more and more on the U.S. market as their own economies remain challenged and the strong dollar creates a pricing advantage against their American counterparts.

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