Boat Sales Show Double-Digit Gains in October


Where the weather is warm, boat sales have remained bright and, even though it was October, enough Americans were still buying that the industry reached double-digit percentage gains for the fourth month in a row, Soundings Trade Only Today reported.

Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 16.9 percent, or 593 boats, to 4,105, and industry-wide sales climbed 14.4 percent, or 755 boats, to 5,988, from October 2012 in 33 states that represent 63 percent of the national market, according to data compiled by Statistical Surveys.

Two of the industry’s sales-leading categories — aluminum pontoons and 11- to 40-foot fiberglass outboards — posted gains of more than 20 percent.

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