Canada’s wholesale dollar boat sales up 30 percent

CHICAGO, Ill. – Wholesale dollar sales and unit shipments of boats in Canada were up dramatically for the first ten months of 2003, according to the latest monthly shipment report released by the Canadian Marine Manufacturers Association (CMMA).

Through October, wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 30.2 percent for 2003, compared to prior year numbers, while unit shipments of all boats were up 11.3 percent.

“An excellent show season and strong sales early in the year, as well as pent up demand are all contributing factors to the dramatic increases in boat shipments,” said Sandy Currie, executive director of CMMA.

The Canadian MSR tracks both the number of U.S.-manufactured boats exported and sold in Canada as well as Canadian-manufactured boats sold there, through a cooperative effort between CMMA and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

CMMA’s MSR tracks manufacturers’ shipments to dealers for both boats and outboard engines using a control group of boat and engine manufacturers. The reporting control group for this survey currently consists of 34 companies.

For information on the Canadian MSR, or on participating in the program, Canadian boat builders should contact Currie at (905) 845-4999; scurrie@cmma.org.

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