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Boat sales decline slows in October

Boat sales fell again in October but at a slower rate than September's numbers.

Fiberglass sales in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 24 percent in October, and sales of personal watercraft fell 17.8 percent. In September, sales in the same fiberglass category fell 27.8 percent, and sales of PWC fell 25.3 percent.

Sales of aluminum boats fell 0.5 percent for the month in 31 early reporting states after rising 3.1 percent on a year-over-year basis in September.

The early reporting states represent 68 percent of the national market.

These sales figures are preliminary and help to identify the prevailing retail trends in the 30-foot-and-under marine market segments for states that are able to report either monthly or weekly.

—Aarn D. Rosen

National Marine Sales Manager

Statistical Surveys Inc.

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