OPE markets see some improvements
Our figures suggest that the value of sales of commercial outdoor power equipment has seen a fairly steady increase since the dramatic drop starting towards the end of 2008 and continuing through until early 2010. The sales figure for the first eight months of this year is only slightly above that of the same period of 2012, but outstanding orders are currently significantly higher than last year at this time.
Unit deliveries of compact tractors declined persistently from early 2008 to late 2010, regaining a small amount of ground in 2011 and falling away again in 2012, but have shown signs of some recovery in 2013.
Diesel out-front rotaries have shown a general improvement since reaching a low in 2010/11. In the golf sector, deliveries of tees mowers continue to fall and greens mowers have been up and down over the last four years but are currently on a downward slide, whilst fairway mowers had recovered slightly during 2012 & early 2013 but are faltering again.
The first half of 2013 saw sales of ATVs drop a little further from their already low levels (numbers having been reducing for four years or so) but the fall seems to have been arrested in recent months and there is some evidence of a small recovery.
The 2012 season saw huge year-on-year increases in deliveries of walk-behind petrol mowers (following the market virtually halving through 2008-09 and remaining in the trough until late 2011) and a steady increase for ride-ons, again from a two year trough. 2013 data to date shows these increases being more or less maintained although the latest months have seen a shortfall.
Our figures show petrol chainsaw deliveries experiencing a strong recovery in 2010-11, and now building up again after a temporary decline in 2012. They also portray deliveries of petrol hedgetrimmers and brushcutters/trimmers with an on-going strong upward trend since the start of 2012.
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