Market Update

Industry Unit Retail Sales

 

Year ended December 31, 2012
 

Tractors

Change fromPrior Year Period
 

Combines

Change from Prior Year Period
 
North America 10% Flat
South America 3% (1)%
Western Europe (3)% 5%
 
 

“Global commodity prices remain elevated due to weather-related production difficulties across many of the developed markets,” stated Mr. Richenhagen. “Crop production in North America was significantly lower in 2012 due to ongoing drought conditions. However, higher crop prices and extensive crop insurance produced near record levels of farm income in the U.S. supporting farm machinery purchases. We are experiencing softness in demand for grain storage and protein production equipment as a result of lower crop production volumes. A mixed weather pattern is partially offsetting attractive crop prices in Europe. Industry sales remain soft in the weather impacted markets of Southern Europe, Scandinavia and Finland, while demand remained stable in the key Western European markets of Germany and France. Industry demand in South America increased during the second half of 2012. Improved crop yields, attractive government financing programs in Brazil and favorable grain prices all supported farm equipment industry sales. Demand for commodities has caught up with global capacity driven by biofuels use, the growing population and increasing emerging market protein consumption. Our long-term view remains optimistic as elevated farm income should continue to support healthy growth in our industry.”

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