A clear picture of the industry’s past 15 months
April 22, 2010
Filed under From the Editors
It’s same store sales numbers from more than 400 dealerships across the United States and includes both V-twin and metric dealerships. The graphic, produced by ADP Lightspeed for Powersports Business, shows total store sales for these dealerships and compares the month to the year-ago month.
As you can see, it has been quite a ride, with a lot more chills (down-trending) than thrills (up-trending).
Thankfully, March turned out to be the best comparable month we’ve seen in at least 14 months, as it came under last year’s month by less than 2 percent.
It’s a clear signal to dealers: If you’ve been operating on a smaller staff and a leaner budget, then it’s time to take some cautious steps forward.
The retail sales spring and summer thrills that never came last year appear to be on the horizon.