The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute reports that mower shipments for model year 2002 feel slightly, but forecasted sales indicate an increase for model year 2003. Rear-engine riding mowers decreased by 25.1 percent while commercial intermediate walkers also fell by 10.6 percent. No other product category has been more successful than commercial riders over the last 10 years, but compared to 2001 shipments fell by 1 percent in 2002. Walk-behind powered mowers experienced a 3.6-percent increase in 2002 from 2001. This year's sales in all the aforementioned categories (except for rear engine riding mowers) are forecasted to increase in sales compared to 2002. Walk-behind mowers are calculated at a 1-percent increase, commercial intermediate walkers 1.1 percent and commercial riding mowers 9 percent.

Source: OPEI,

Walk-behind Powered Mowers
2002 5,824,000
2003 5,879,641
Percent Change 1 %
Rear-Engine Riding Mower
2002 104,501
2003 85,139
Percent Change -18.5 %
Commercial Intermediate Walkers
2002 43,014
2003 43,473
Percent Change 1.1 %
Commercial Riding Mowers
2002 113,781
2003 123,981
Percent Change 9 %

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