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Is the Market Beginning to Rebound? SEMA Members Say Yes

Retailers and distributors have a more optimistic sales outlook for the next three months than manufacturers.

Manufacturers Plan to Sell Directly to More Consumers in 2009

SEMA manufacturing members report that the portion of their products sold directly to consumers has grown compared to last year—from 24% in 2008 to 34% in 2009.

SEMA PADI: Index Down but Appearance Product Plans Up

In April, the SEMA Performance Parts and Accessories Demand Index (PADI) dropped to an all-time low, going from 30 in March to 26 this month.

Despite Market Downturn, 37% of SEMA Members Report Sales Growth

It’s no secret that specialty-equipment sales declined in 2008 as a result of our economy taking a turn for the worse during the latter half of last year. Despite this market contraction, 37% of SEMA members recently surveyed noted that their company’s sales actually increased in 2008 over 2007.

Consumers Reconsidering Decisions to Purchase New Vehicles

Consumers remain hesitant to make new vehicle purchases. Recent economic instability has not only caused consumers to reconsider these substantial purchases, but has also led them to neglect maintenance.

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