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Flexsteel sales down 25.9 percent, but the firm remains profitable

(Aug. 20, 2009) -- The company reported net sales for the quarter ended June 30, of $74.6 million compared to the prior year quarter of $100.6 million, a decrease of 25.9 percent. Net income for the current quarter was $0.8 million compared to net income of $0.3 million in the prior year quarter. RV net sales were $16.2 million for the year ended June 30, a decrease of 71.1 percent from net sales of $56.1 million for 2008. Read More »

Canadian retail sales rise for second consecutive quarter

(Aug. 24, 2009) -- "The rise in the volume of retail sales in the last two months bodes well for second-quarter consumer spending returning to positive growth," said Ferley. "Our currently projected rise of 1.1 percent still represents soft spending by households but it does indicate an improvement from the 1.6 percent decline recorded in the first quarter. Read More »

Thieves target Canadian RV dealerships

(Aug. 19, 2009) -- Thieves have made off with some high-tech loot from a Kitchener RV center. They used crowbars to bust into trailers and then rip out flat screen televisions. Five TVs were carted away from the Mobilife RV Center. Read More »

Newmar adds Canadian dealer

(Aug. 21, 2009) -- “The Newmar sales and management team is happy to have Bucars RV Centre join its dealer network,” said John Sammut, Newmar vice president of sales and marketing. “Bucars shares our goals in terms of quality, value, and customer service. They run an excellent dealership in Canada and we are looking forward to a profitable relationship with them in the Calgary market.” Read More »

Pace of decline in Canadian GDP eases in second quarter

(Aug. 31, 2009) -- "The sizeable decline in the quarterly GDP reports in the past nine months has generated significant slack in the economy, although the increase in June suggests that Canada's recession is nearing an end," said Desjardins. "The marked drawdown in inventories in recent quarters means that any pick-up in demand will likely have to be met by new production." Read More »

New RV classified site goes online

(Aug. 25, 2009) -- RVzen combines a phenomenal user experience with an eye pleasing design that results in a site both buyers and sellers are finding friendly to use. With RVzen, shopping on the site is free, and anyone can list an RV for only $39. Dealers will enjoy free listings through the end of 2009 when signing up for the RVzen Dealer Program. They will also receive special discounts in 2010, and can upload unlimited quantities of stock with a simple feed file. Read More »

Leading economic indicators continue to rise

(Aug. 20, 2009) -- “The indicators suggest that the recession is bottoming out, and that economic activity will likely begin recovering soon," said Ken Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board. "The Coincident Economic Index was flat in July – the first time it did not register a decline since October 2008. The Leading Economic Index, which has increased for four consecutive months, suggests that the CEI will turn positive soon.” Read More »

Wisconsin RV dealership to take extended sabbatical

(Aug. 27, 2009) -- Wisconsin RV World announced today the dealership will shut down for the fall and winter, before reopening next spring with a new mix of inventory. Owner Christy Eagan said the dealership will shut down Sept. 1 and reopen next spring positioned with the right product and plenty of resources to meet the needs of outdoor-loving Badgers. Read More »

Monaco RV signs up more than 100 dealer partners

(Aug. 24, 2009) -- Monaco RV, LLC, has signed up more than 100 dealer partners to date, and plans to continue to further expand its network of motorized and towable dealer partners. In addition, a number of former Monaco Coach Corporation employees have been put to work at Monaco RV building towable and motorized RV units at the new company’s Oregon and Indiana facilities. Read More »

Canada’s inflation rate enters deflationary territory

(Aug. 19, 2009) -- The year-over-year rate stayed in negative territory, falling 0.9 percent on the heels of June's 0.3 percent dip and marking the first back-to-back declines since May-June 1994. Core prices, contrary to expectations for a 0.1 percent increase, held steady and the year-over-year rate edged down to 1.8 percent. Read More »

Goshen chamber officials react to news more RV jobs coming to city

(Aug. 26, 2009) -- Chamber President David Daugherty says they hold monthly meetings with local business owners to talk about the economy, and most agree things are slowing starting to look optimistic. "The nice thing is it's getting good people back to work, that's the important thing from a chamber standpoint. You have to feel good about that," said Daugherty. Read More »

New RVs expand options in downsized choices

(Aug. 21, 2009) -- Motorhomes based on the Dodge Sprinter van, both the full van and cutaway chassis, are popular and commonplace today. The interest in downsized trailers means more RV manufacturers are treading the fine line between an RV and a simple enclosed place to sleep on wheels. Read More »