On the heels of Monday’s report confirming that boat sales hit double-digit gains in December for the second consecutive month based on early reports from 26 states, it’s no surprise that the key early boat shows around the country are off to a good start.
Six key association-produced shows — Houston, Nashville, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta and Port Charlotte — have now ended and all have good reports.
Houston, the first industry show this year, set the pace with an attendance increase of 14 percent. Sales were reportedly much stronger than a year ago, according to Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston president Ken Lovell.
Meanwhile, three NMMA-produced shows also reported good signs. According to NMMA president Thom Dammrich: “Our space sales are up 12 percent across all our shows compared to last year because dealers are much more confident this year. And the reports we’re now getting confirm the buyers are out in force.”
More here at Sounding’s Trade Only: http://blog.tradeonlytoday.com/dealer_outlook/?p=2269