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December 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Winnebago Industries Inc., the biggest maker of motor homes, said its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 26% as the company sold more luxury models and spent less on marketing. Net income increased to $10 million, or 34 cents a share, from $7.9 million, or 25 cents, a year earlier, when the period was a week shorter, Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago said. Sales in the quarter ended Dec. 1 rose 6.6% to $215 million.
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BUSINESS
May 28, 1994 | Reuters
For the committed highway traveler comes the latest in summer escapes: motor home trading cards. Winnebago Industries Inc.'s cards--all 3.6 million in the first edition--feature travel trailers and motor homes from the late 1950s through 1995 models. Each card displays a color photo of a motor home; its vital statistics are listed on the back, along with descriptions such as "The D-27 had a rear twin bedroom and private entrance." A 10-card pack will sell for $1.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., the largest U.S. maker of recreational vehicles, said its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as sales rose. The company doesn't expect a profit this quarter. The loss in the quarter ended Jan. 27 narrowed to $17.3 million from $205 million, or $6.26 a share, in the year-earlier period, including one-time charges. The maker of Pace Arrow motor homes and Coleman folding trailers said the exchange of convertible bonds in the last quarter put earnings at 31 cents a share.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
J.M. Smucker Co., the largest U.S. maker of jellies and jams, said fourth-quarter earnings fell 4.6% on restructuring costs and lower sales of brands including Crisco shortening. Net income fell to $22.2 million, or 44 cents a share, from $23.2 million, or 46 cents, a year earlier, the Orrville, Ohio-based company said. Sales in the quarter ended April 30 declined 1.1% to $325.4 million, the first drop in more than three years. Shares of Smucker fell $2.15 to $46.50 on the NYSE.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2009 | Tim Jones
In the realm of conspicuous consumption, few things are larger than the RV, the multi-ton vehicular brontosaurus that has taken generations of families on the great American highway adventure. But in the worst economic crisis since the Depression, the RV is facing perhaps its gravest challenge as sales have plummeted, manufacturers have filed for bankruptcy or gone out of business, and lofty expectations of a grander profile for recreational vehicles have been drastically cut.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2005 | Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
Merv Grazinski set his Winnebago on cruise control, slid away from the wheel and went back to fix a cup of coffee. You can guess what happened next: The rudderless, driverless Winnebago crashed. Grazinski blamed the manufacturer for not warning against such a maneuver in the owner's manual. He sued and won $1.75 million. His jackpot would seem to erase any doubt that the legal system has lost its mind.
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