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NMMA: Wholesale shipments rose 17 percent in 2011

In 2011, wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 17 percent and corresponding dollars were up 24 percent for the National Marine Manufacturers Association's control group of manufacturers, compared with a year earlier, the NMMA said in its monthly economic report.

New powerboat registrations were down 2.5 percent on a rolling 12-month basis through September, compared with a year earlier. Advance estimates indicated that sales in bellwether states would be up 4.8 percent on a rolling 12-month basis through January, the association said.

Recreational boat and marine engine export volumes were up 8 percent in 2011 and dollars were up 0.6 percent from a year earlier. Corresponding import volumes were up 20 percent and dollars were up 15 percent, according to the NMMA.

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