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Harley (NYSE:HOG) Dealers See Business Way Down Versus Year Ago Levels, Sportster Lines Top Sellers
We surveyed Harley Davidson dealers across the country and discovered that business is down versus the year ago period according to 58% of respondents, a strongly negative reading in our polling. 32% believed that business was better than last December while 10% thought it was the same. The Harley Davidson Sportster line was said to be the top selling model by 58% of respondents while 11% thought the V-Rod was the top seller and 11% said the Softail line was the top seller. 89% of dealers we spoke to had all models in stock while 11% did have the V-Rod or the the Sportster 1200 out of stock.
Nintendo (OTCPK:NTDOY) Wii Remains in High Demand, 43% Report No Wiis in Stock
We recently surveyed broad line electronics retailers such as Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Fry's and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) in addition to a number of GameStop (NYSE:GME) locations to determine the availability of the Nintendo Wii consoles at these stores. 43% of respondents reported having no inventory of the Wii, and reported an average wait time of 2 weeks to get new supply. The top games being sold with the Wii according to these store representatives were Wii FIT (20%), Guitar Hero (9%), and Wii Music (6%). Rock Band 2 is expected to be the next hot game to be released according to 34% of respondents. 9% see Prince of Persia as the next hot game for the Wii.
Business Looks Average at Macy's (NYSE:M); Calvin Klein, DKNYC Top Women's Brands
We surveyed Macy's stores heading into the last week before Christmas. Business levels appear steady if unspectacular. 40% reported business levels as "average" (a little negative since this is a normally strong period), 40% reported business levels as "above average" and 8% reported business as very strong and 8% saw business as "below average".
Calvin Klein was the top woman's brand according to 12% of respondents, 12% also said DKNYC was the top brand while 8% said Alfani was the top selling women's brand. 60% of respondents do believe that the housing market crisis is hurting business at Macy's. 20% do not believe housing is hurting business. 44% of respondents say that there is no excess inventory at Macy's while 48% say that there is, highlighting items like winter coats from Nine West and women's clothing from Charter Club.