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Economic Snapshot: Record breaking numbers for ISM manufacturing, non-manufacturing indexes

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By Brianna Liestman
September 4, 2014

The positive outlook from last month’s Institute for Supply Management reports continues into August with their latest readings, indicating further strength building for the economy. The ISM manufacturing index rose to 59.0 percent in August, up from 57.1 in July and reporting at its highest level... Read more »

Weekly 5: Miami named best city for boaters

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Nicholas Upton
September 2, 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. Miami named best city for boaters Two Florida cities are the best ones for boating in the United States, according... Read more »

State of the Industry: Hiring up, available personnel needed

Neal Harrell spoke at the 2012 MDCE on recruiting employees.

By Brianna Liestman
September 2, 2014

The state of hiring within the marine industry is on an upward trajectory that has been building for years, and it’s time to find people to fill open positions and keep the momentum strong. Neal Harrell of Brooks Marine Group reports its book of business is up about 50 percent year-over-year. The group... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: GDP grows in the second quarter

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By Brianna Liestman
August 28, 2014

After extreme weather conditions brought about disappointing numbers in the first quarter, gross domestic product is seeing significant improvements. GDP grew 4.2 percent in the second quarter, a much stronger rebound than expected from last quarter’s 2.1 percent decrease. Last year, GDP in the second... Read more »

RBLC affordability subcommittee focused on pre-owned market

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By Nicholas Upton
August 28, 2014

Let’s not sugarcoat it, boating is expensive. Between the boat, storage, gas, all the accessories and maintenance, it’s not a cheap lifestyle. That said, just about every enthusiast lifestyle is expensive. Motorcyclists constantly pour money into their two-wheeled passions, car fanatics don’t bat... Read more »

Boost your parts and service profits

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By Brad Smith
August 26, 2014

The new unit sale is just the beginning of your relationship with a customer, and my session at MDCE will show you how you can use online and in-store parts lookup to increase the efficiency and profitability of your parts and service departments. In this post, I’ll give you a small taste of what I’ll... Read more »

Weekly 5: Boat builder employee arrested in Georgia crash

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Nicholas Upton
August 26, 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. Boat builder employee arrested in Georgia crash An employee of Caravelle Boat Group was arrested after a hit-and-run accident... Read more »

It takes the right tactics to improve sales performance

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By John Graham
August 21, 2014

In Lee Child’s Without Fail, a Secret Service official simplifies a disturbing problem. “If the Yankees come to town saying they’re going to beat the Orioles, does that mean it’s true?” And then he adds, “Boasting about it is not the same thing as actually doing it.” It’s the same with... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Recent housing market trends beg cautious optimism

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By Brianna Liestman
August 21, 2014

We are seeing some positive numbers in the housing market this past month. Growth is present in the Housing Market Index, Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales, continuing an upward trajectory from earlier months in 2014. While existing home sales are still 4.3 percent below year-over-year, this consistent upward... Read more »

Weekly 5: Outboard sales post gains in U.S., Canada

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Nicholas Upton
August 19, 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. Outboard sales post gains in U.S., Canada Wholesale shipments of outboards are showing solid increases through July, the National... Read more »

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