Forecast of 10 percent sales increases helps to elevate the mood at IBEX There were pink mermaids, social media gurus and Kentucky bourbon at IBEX, but what most took home from Louisville was a sense that things are getting better. In his State of the Industry address, NMMA president Thom Dammrich forecast 10 percent increases in boat and engine sales this year and next. “There’s a new spirit in the marketplace. … Things are turning up, slowly turning up, slowly improving,” Dammrich told attendees. IBEX always delivers a strong educational platform and this year’s Oct. 2-4 show, with 92 technical and business seminars, was no exception. Product innovation was especially strong, and exhibitors say floor traffic was heavy. Participants tell associate editor Reagan Haynes the expenditure in time and money was a sound investment.
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