OPEI PREDICTS EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has predicted year-end shipments for commercial turf and grounds care equipment will decrease in 2002 but increase in 2003. For example, the organization expects to see a 4.4 percent decrease for walk-behind mowers in 2002, but a 4.8 percent increase for 2003. The predictions also include a 6.6 percent drop from 1,533,881 units in 2001 to 1,433,340 units in 2002. The largest shift will occur with commercial riding mowers, which are forecasted to increase from 112,772 units in 2002 to 120,762 units in 2003, a 7.1 percent rise.

Source: For a complete report on the grounds care industry, visit http://research.grounds-mag.com/.

UNIT SHIPMENTS MODEL YEAR BASIS (SEPTEMBER — AUGUST)

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2001 2002 2003
Walk-behind powered mowers 5,622,000 5,375,599 5,631,459
Rear engine riding mowers 139,550 127,597 129,857
Front engine lawn tractors 1,213,680 1,146,950 1,223,962
Riding garden tractors 180,651 158,793 165,339
All riding units 1,533,881 1,433,340 1,519,158
Tillers 321,800 268,655 286,789
Commercial intermediate walkers 48,088 46,138 48,369
Commercial riding mowers 114,884 112,772 120,762

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