The shuttering of 32 “outdoor lifestyle locations,” intended to compete with West Marine and Bass Pro Shops, marks the end of Camping World as a retail competitor in fishing and boating.
The world’s largest marine equipment trade show saw exhibitor and attendee records. Exhibitors reported consistent sales activity, so the three-day event ended with a positive outlook for 2020. Sustainability was Metstrade’s mantra, not only at panel discussions and exhibits, but among exhibitors and visitors.
Almost 75 percent of respondents to the monthly Pulse Report survey thought inventory was too high.
This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers to weigh in on market conditions.
New survey asks dealers to weigh in on market conditions.
Dealers ended 2019 focusing on excess inventory. Most expect similar-sized boat orders as last year; others say value products will be in demand.
New-boat registrations rose in October, thanks to a late-season sales surge. Except for PWC and wake boats, however, year-to-date sales were lower than 2018.