Boat sales show improvement in June

MIAMI, Fla. — While unit sales of powerboats 15 feet in length and above dropped about 34 percent during the 12-month period ended June 30, compared to the prior 12 months, that’s an improvement over the year-over-year results ended May 31, according to Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report, which has been updated through June.

Last month’s Bellwether Report suggested unit sales for the 12-month period ending in May declined about 36 percent. The graphs can be viewed at:

No category was spared, with each demonstrating an improvement of at least one percentage point. Within the outboard boat segment, unit sales were down about 31 percent during this period, the sterndrive/jet boat segment sales were down about 41 percent, the personal watercraft segment was down about 30 percent, the outboard sportfishing segment was down about 43 percent and the ski boat segment was down about 36 percent.

The bellwether report is based on new U.S. boat registrations in geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the U.S. boat market. With the exception of a couple of slight blips upward, powerboat sales in this category have been trending downward since early 2004 on a rolling 12 month year-over-year basis of comparison.

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