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Will Harley-Davidson (HOG) Continue to Face Sales Decline?

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Per Reuters, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG - Free Report) is expected to experience a period of continued weak sales, driven by low demand of new Harley motorcycles.

Recent researches show that millennials prefer buying less-expensive, used Harley-Davidson models or cheaper versions of other brands rather than going for new Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, the company’s ageing core customer group and low prices of Harley-Davidson’s used-motorcycles are other concerns it currently faces in the United States.

Owning a well-known brand at a low-cost budget encourage young Americans to buy used-motorcycles of the brand, Harley-Davidson, while paying their home and student loans. Per analysis, people are still interested in the brand, as they buy used-motorcycles, which definitely do not benefit the company or its shareholders.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. Price and Consensus

 

These problems have led to its U.S. sales decline, contributing almost 60% of Harley-Davidson’s total sales. Last fiscal year, the U.S. sales hit a five-year decrease. Plus, last quarter, the same segment sales fell 9.3% to 49,668 motorcycles.

However, Harley-Davidson has been trying to recover and benefit from the growing used-motorcycle segment and reach new customers besides the existing lot. It also expects to gain from its brand loyalty from customers who purchase used-motorcycles from their dealership chains.

Price Performance

Harley-Davidson’s shares have plunged 19.8% in the last six months, substantially underperforming the 3% gain of the industry it belongs to.



Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Harley-Davidson currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

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Renault has a long-term growth rate of 4.6%.

Toyota Motor Corporation has a long-term growth rate of 7%.

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