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Economic Snapshot: Small dips in consumer confidence, pending home sales

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By Brianna Liestman
November 26, 2014

While consumer confidence and pending home sales both declined this month, both indexes continue to increase year-over-year. The GDP was also revised up from its earlier estimates, which exceeded economists’ expectations. Consumer confidence Consumer confidence dropped to 88.7 in November, down from... Read more »

Weekly 5: Industry unhappy with EPA ethanol reversal

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Boating Industry
November 25, 2014

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Industry unhappy with EPA ethanol reversal Last fall, the marine industry won an apparent victory when the EPA announced plans... Read more »

2014 Dealer of the Year: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine

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Kelsey Houle
November 25, 2014

Gordy’s Lakefront Marine For 60 years, family has been at the center of what makes Gordy’s Lakefront Marine successful. What Gordy Whowell started on Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva in 1955 as a seasonal boat ride and rental operation has grown since then to a diversified operation including boat sales,... Read more »

Q&A with MoreBoats.com: A new model with extensive research

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By Brianna Liestman
November 25, 2014

While at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo last week, I had a chance to sit down for a Q&A with one of our newest exhibitors, MoreBoats.com, a boat search tool using a pay-per-lead model for dealers and brokers. The website was launched by Vladimir Islamov and Anna Islamova (husband and wife... Read more »

METS sets record for attendance, exhibitors

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Craig Ritchie
November 21, 2014

The numbers don’t lie – the 2014 METS was the biggest ever, with record numbers of both exhibitors and visitors. A total of 21,086 people attended the world’s largest marine equipment trade show, which wrapped up Thursday in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This beats the record 20,500 exhibitors who attended... Read more »

Economic rebound in US, Europe fuels business at METS

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By Craig Ritchie
November 20, 2014

The 27th annual METS appears to be a show of superlatives, with record numbers of exhibitors, strong attendance through the first two days, and deals being made throughout the massive Amsterdam RAI exhibition complex. For the second straight day, attendance surpassed 2013 levels, with 8,464 marine industry... Read more »

Boating Industry announces 2014 Top 100 Dealers

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By Boating Industry
November 20, 2014

Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando. “For a decade, Boating Industry has recognized the best boat dealers in North America as the Top 100,” said Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers are truly the... Read more »

METS opening day attendance up 4%

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By Craig Ritchie
November 19, 2014

AMSTERDAM — Opening day attendance for the 27th annual Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) was up by four per cent, according to show organizers. The world’s largest marine equipment trade show, which opened Tuesday at the Amsterdam RAI convention complex, saw a total of 7,039 marine industry... Read more »

Innovation recognized at 2014 Design Award METS

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By Craig Ritchie
November 18, 2014

AMSTERDAM – A new steering traveler was named overall winner of the 2014 Design Award METS, presented this morning just before the official opening of the 27th Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at the Amsterdam RAI. The Jefa steering traveler, also named as a category winner in the deck equipment,... Read more »

Weekly 5: Outboard engine shipments up in October

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Boating Industry
November 18, 2014

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. NMMA: Outboard engine shipments up in October Outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 5.5 percent year-over-year in October... Read more »

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