MILWAUKEE, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Harley-Davidson, Inc. recently reported that its earnings and dealer new motorcycle sales increased in the fourth quarter of 2013 and for the full year, compared to the year-ago periods.
Worldwide retail sales of new Harley motorcycles grew 5.7% in the quarter and 4.4% for the full year, compared to the same periods last year.
Company spokesmen pointed to several reasons for the increases: the new Project Rushmore redesign, the fresh Street models, and the worldwide 110th anniversary celebrations, to name just a few.
Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales
Dealers worldwide sold 45,875 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2013, and in the U.S., that number was 27,387 new bikes -- up 6.3% compared to the year-ago period. In international markets, dealers sold 4.7% more Harley-Davidsons than a year ago, with sales up 6.1% in the Asia Pacific region and 13.3% in Canada (but down 2.8% in Latin America).
For the full year 2013, overall Harley-Davidson retail unit sales were up 4.4% in the U.S., 9.8% in the Asia Pacific region, 13.1% in the Latin America region and 4.6% in Canada, compared to a year ago.
Harley expects to ship slightly more motorcycles in 2014 (though of course, those are forward-looking statements, and depend on many variable factors).
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.