SSI: October Canadian Towable Sales Drop 2%

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December 15, 2011 by   Comments Off on SSI: October Canadian Towable Sales Drop 2%

Year-over-year Canadian retail sales of towable RVs showed a 1.9% decline in October and a 1.8% increase for the first 10 months of 2011, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).

A sector-by-sector breakdown indicates:

• Sales in the travel trailer sector were down 2.5% in October and 4.8% year-to-date.

• Fifth-wheel sales were fell 6.7% for the month and edged down 2.1% through October.

• Folding camping trailers registrations dropped 20% in October and 12.2% for the first 10 months.

• Recreational park trailers sales declined 66.7% for the month and fell 12.3% year-to-date.

Thor Industries Inc. was the overall Canadian towables sales leader for the 10 months with a 33.0% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 18.4% and Jayco Inc. was No. 3, holding a 16.2% share.

Thor also was the leader in travel trailer sales through October with a 31.7% market share while Forest River was No. 2 with a 17.9% share, edging out Jayco, which captured a 17.5% share.

Thor held a commanding lead in the Canadian fifth-wheel sector year-to-date, capturing a 47.3% market share, with Forest River posting a 17.3% share. Thor was also No. 1 in park model sales with a 32.1% share followed by Skyline Corp. at 23.5% and General Coach Canada at 16.6%.

Forest River led camping trailer sales for the 10 months with a 28.7% market share while Jayco posted a 27.6% share and Forest River’s Coachmen division held a 16.5% share.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).


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