Low demand for snow gear melts Toro's earnings

  • Article by: DEE DePASS and JANET MOORE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 8:43 PM

CEO Michael Hoffman said demand for other products, though, was strong.

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callmeronDec. 5, 12 8:37 AM

Many companies have posted disappointing sales in the past few months, Toro is not the only company. This is clearly indicative of one thing: we are entering another recession and have been for months.

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davehougDec. 5, 1210:38 PM

Sno-King engines were known to start and run VERY well in the bitter cold for decades and decades. Too bad Tecumseh doesn't make them anymore. TORO builds snow-blowers to last a lifetime.....Thanks

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viqueenfailDec. 5, 1211:01 PM

No need. Global warming! Wooo-ooo! Seriously, for all my life I've been listening to Minnesotans complain about winter as though they didn't realize that winter was fairly normal in the upper Midwest. Complain complain complain, and yet they never move to someplace warmer. Now people are complaining because global warming is giving us warm, snowless winters. You just can't make some people happy.

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reader2580Dec. 6, 12 7:13 AM

Maybe, just maybe, Toro's lack of snowblower sales has more to do with lack of snow last winter than the economy? Retailers probably had snowblowers left over last year so they ordered less this year to prevent a repeat problem.

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