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Consumer research group shuts its doors

(Aug. 12, 2009) -- Attempts to reach The Listener Group this week have been unsuccessful. The firm's local phone lines are constantly busy, the toll-free number has been disconnected and the firm's website is no longer live.
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Employment Trends Index remains unchanged in July

(Aug. 10, 2009) -- “The Employment Trends Index has been flat in the last three months,” said Gad Levanon, senior economist at The Conference Board. “This suggests that we are getting closer to the point when employers are no longer cutting their workforce. However, since we are expecting a weak economic recovery, and given the record number of involuntary part-time workers – many of whom are likely to move to full-time positions before new employees are hired – we do not expect significant job growth over the next year.” Read More »

Consumer prices fall 2.1 percent

(Aug. 14, 2009) -- Consumer prices were in line with market expectations in July showing no change in the month, but were down 2.1 percent over the past year. The annual rate is the largest since January 1950 when prices fell a similar 2.1 percent. This weakness largely reflects energy prices, which are down 28.1 percent over the past twelve months. Read More »

Monaco recalls 400 to start work at Oregon plant

(Aug. 7, 2009) -- About 400 workers are back at work at the Coburg factory, producing about seven recreational vehicles per day, said Roy Wiley, spokesman for Illinois-based Navistar International, the new parent company of Monaco RV. He said he wasn’t sure if workers were building towable RVs, motor coaches or a combination of both. Read More »

TriMas to move stock to NASDAQ Global Market

(Aug. 13, 2009) -- "We believe that NASDAQ offers TriMas and its shareholders advanced technologies and cost-effective services, as well as efficient and transparent market access and execution," commented David Wathen, TriMas' president and chief executive officer. Read More »

Newmar continues to post market share increases

(Aug. 17, 2009) -- Newmar posted a 22.5 percent market share gain in Class A motorhome registrations during the first six months of 2009 when compared with the same time period in 2008The Ventana brand earned a market share increase of 92.9 percent during the first six months of 2009 as compared to June 2008 year to date. Newmar’s Canyon Star gas motorhome displayed a 54.5 percent increase in market share for that same period. Read More »

Conference Board reveals flaws in CEO succession planning

(Aug. 12, 2009) -- “When it comes to leadership transition, underperformance can be very expensive,” says June Eichbaum, who advises the board of The Cooke Center for Learning and Development, where she was a founding director. Research shows that the faulty integration of a senior executive can cost the company 10 to 20 times the executive’s salary in opportunity costs and has lasting consequences on the stock price. Read More »

Tourist keeps RV dealer hopping in Las Vegas

(Aug. 10, 2009) -- El Monte RV estimates that 85 of its 200 motorhomes still leave the lot every week, a number holding steady since the economic downturn. El Monte branch manager Roger Brewer also notes a "huge increase" in business over the past two summers from Americans who were forced to sell their RVs. "They say they miss the experience," he says. Read More »

Outdoor family camping program set at Texas state park

(August 11, 2009) -- Families that would like to enjoy the outdoors, but aren’t sure they have the necessary skills, will want to mark the weekend of Oct. 17-18 on their calendars. That’s the date the Texas Outdoor Family Program will be held at the Lake Brownwood State Park. Read More »

Lunabrite eco-friendly illumination takes top honors at Outdoor Recreation Show

(Aug. 7, 2009) -- Lunabrite is a new patent pending illumination technology that activates in minutes with exposure to solar or ambient light then emits illumination from dusk to dawn (8-plus hours). From its conception three years ago, Lunabrite has become a lighting alternative in multiple applications across a variety of industries including: pet safety, sports/fitness, marine safety, architectural, landscape and outdoor recreation. Read More »

Texas RV dealer offers to buy a 50 percent stake in County Coach

(Aug. 13, 2009) -- Recreation Live agreed to buy six County Coach motorhomes and to invest $4 million in return for a 50 percent equity stake in the company. In addition, the dealership agreed to commit to buying an increasing number of coaches in the future and to open at least three factory stores. Read More »