Preliminary state data in April show three regions with positive growth as sales for the entire boat-sales market declined 3.3 percent.
The East South Central region reported 13.5 percent retail growth year-over-year in April. That was followed by the East North Central region, which was up 3.2 percent, and the West North Central, which had a bump of 2.9 percent.
The Pacific region was the hardest-hit region this month with a 20.1 percent decline. For the 12-month rolling time frame, the West North Central Region was down 14 percent.
Year-to-date, the West North Central Region is leading the country in growth, with an increase of 1.4 percent. Overall, the year-to-date numbers for 2010 are down by 10.6 percent year-over-year for the first four months of 2010.
For the second consecutive month in 2010, April PWC and some aluminum segments showed growth, while the fiberglass segments continued to contract. Three regions with positive growth is an encouraging sign. There are still many stagnant markets around the country, but the tide is turning as we move into the second quarter of 2010.
These numbers represent the entire fiberglass and aluminum markets, including PWC. These statistics include 31 early reporting states, approximately 66 percent of the national market. April represents 10 to 12 percent of total annual retail volume on a calendar-year basis. All data are year-over-year comparisons.
This article originally appeared in the July 2010 issue.