NMMA reports increases in boat and engine shipments

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association said wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats for its control group of manufacturers were up 3.4 percent this year through June.

The NMMA said corresponding dollars were up 9.1 percent for the control group, which it said represents 69 percent of the market.

The trade group also said U.S. outboard engine shipments were up 6.7 percent through July and Canadian outboard shipments were up 16.3 percent.

The NMMA said the U.S. data were for its control group, which it said represents 95 percent of the market. The gains were led by four-strokes and higher-powered engines. Total retail sales based on warranty card registrations for the same period were up 8 percent, the NMMA said.

The NMMA said the Canadian data were also for its control group and were on a rolling 12-month, year-over-year basis. Corresponding dollars were up 28.6 percent and warranty card registrations were up 1.4 percent, the NMMA said.

Separately, the NMMA said wholesale shipments of diesel inboard and sterndrive engines of less than 800 hp were up 1 percent year over year during the first half of this year for its control group.

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