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Economic Snapshot: New home sales rebound after April declines

New home sales have rebounded from April, now back on track for huge year-over-year gains that were seen at the beginning of 2015. Consumer confidence also increased after an April decline and is up year-over-year, but it continues to increase and decrease month-to-month for 2015.  New home sales  Single-family new home sales in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual ...

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Premier Pontoons shares innovations for preventing invasive species

Whenever there is a persisting issue for recreational boating, it is imperative that everyone works together to solve it in order to preserve the health of the industry. This was something considered by Premier Pontoons when the company decided to share its unique pontoon design that help to combat the infestation of invasive species. Invasive species can attach themselves to or ...

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7 steps to a more profitable business building system

How many of these 7 steps do you use in your business building plan? Improving or adding any of these can take your boat business from being unpredictable day to day, month to month and year to year to more like “Old Faithful.” often driving more revenue in the off-season. So, let’s look at each step real quick, then we’ll ...

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Economic Snapshot: Record-breaking housing starts after harsh winter

Remember those concerning housing starts numbers in February and March? Those appear to be a result of seasonal blues that are now behind us, as we are seeing huge month-to-month and year-over-year growth in housing starts for April. Housing starts Privately-owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million. This is 20.2 percent above ...

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Q&A with Dominion Marine Media president Ian Atkins

Ian Atkins

Dominion Marine Media touches many parts of the marine market through its network of websites (Yachtworld, boats.com, Boat Trader), its web services, social media solutions and more. We talked to Dominion Marine Media President Ian Atkins about some of the technology and industry trends the company is seeing. Be sure to read the June issue of Boating Industry to see ...

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Gulf Coast dealers optimistic five years after oil spill

The Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded in April 2010, setting off an 87-day spill of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The story dominated the news cycle for months and is known as one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. Recovery was not easy for boat businesses in the area, as the spill occurred during ...

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Economic Snapshot: Year-over-year unemployment declines continue

Unemployment continues its declines this month, albeit at a slow pace. Job openings also continue to increase year-over-year, which is a good sign for the labor market, and small business optimism is coming back after a rough start at the beginning of 2015. Employment situation Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in April and the unemployment rate was essentially ...

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Successful American Boating Congress wraps up in DC

Hundreds of representatives of the boating industry descended on Washington this week for the 2015 American Boating Congress. As the industry’s annual legislative conference and premier lobbying effort, ABC is one of the industry’s best chances to shape the public policies that affect boating. ABC is organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, but is co-hosted by 35 other industry ...

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Weekly 5: Texas rejects boat sales tax break

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Texas rejects boat sales tax break The Texas House last week voted down a proposal to cap sales tax in the state. The bill, which lost by a ...

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