Harley sales soar

Harley-Davidson Inc. reported second quarter net income of $271.7 million, or $1.21 per share, up from $247.3 million, or $1.21 per share, in the same period a year ago.

The Milwaukee-based company reported consolidated revenue of $1.79 billion, up from $1.73 billion a year earlier.

Dealers worldwide sold 90,193 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the second quarter of 2013, compared with 85,714 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter.

“Harley-Davidson again drove strong financial performance in the second quarter, reflecting the many improvements in operations we have made throughout the Company over the past few years as well as our brand strength globally,” said Keith Wandell, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson. “Our employees, dealers and suppliers continue to do an outstanding job, working as one team and moving in one direction, to deliver a great experience for our customers. During the second quarter, we completed our first year of seasonal surge production at York with great success. We also surpassed a milestone for international dealership growth. With the opening of a dealership in Salvador, Brazil on June 29th, we have added 104 dealerships outside the U.S. since late 2009, achieving our goal to add 100 to 150 international dealerships by the end of 2014.”

Harley will celebrate its 110th anniversary over Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee.

“And less than a month from now, we will launch an exciting lineup of new 2014 motorcycles,” Wandell said.

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