Retail sales news buoys Brunswick stock

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Signs of a potential retail recovery sent shares of Brunswick Corp. up 8 percent Wednesday to close at $17.78 per share.

"There is a general sense of optimism that the marine industry is turning," Hayley Wolff, senior analyst with Rochdale Research, told the Web site Chicago Breaking Business.

The stock market reacted favorably to a number of economic indicators Wednesday, including a report that retail sales rose 1.6 percent in March, the third straight monthly gain.

Still, the appetite for high-ticket, discretionary purchases may take awhile to recover, said Philip Gorham, a consumer products analyst with Morningstar Inc.

"I would think it would take a substantial turnaround in consumer confidence for people to start buying boats again," he said. "This particular industry may have a couple more challenging quarters before it sees a recovery in demand."


Sales stagnate in March

Overall boat sales in March were slightly lower compared to last year and year-over-year growth was down by just over 1 percent, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., data that was gathered for 30 states.

Catawba Island show starts today

The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association’s Progressive Catawba Island Boat Show opens a week from today and will run through April 29 with more than 100 power and sailboats on display at the Catawba Island Club on western Lake Erie.