Boat sales decline in January

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Sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, declined 24.6 percent last month, when compared with January 2009.

These preliminary statistics include33 early reporting states that represent approximately 70 percent of the national market. Only states that currently provide weekly or monthly information are included in this summary. Percentage change is presented on a calendar-year basis to reflect actual results.

Fiberglass boats in the 14- to 30-foot segment were down 23.5percent for the month.

Aluminum boats sales fell in January by 22.8percent. PWC sales posted a decrease of 29.5 percent in the month.

All markets slowed to a lethargic pace in January. Economic and employment issues continue to exert their influence on retail sales moving into the first quarter of 2010.

- Aarn D. Rosen

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