"...we believe the solid improvement in new Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales reflects the strong appeal of our product lineup to a diverse customer base and the great efforts of our dealers, combined with improved consumer confidence in the U.S. While we are encouraged by the retail sales trend, we continue to keep a close watch on the marketplace and remain cautious in our expectations for 2012," said CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Keith Wandell. Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales
On a worldwide basis, dealers sold 40,359 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 10.9 percent increase compared to the year-ago period. Dealers sold 23,753 new Harley-Davidsons in the U.S., an 11.8 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. In international markets, dealers sold 16,606 new Harley machines during the fourth quarter, an increase of 9.7 percent compared to a year ago.