For the second year in a row, overall sales of paint and body equipment by jobbers increased during the spring months of April, May and June, according to Paint & Body Equipment Jobbers’ Quarterly Data Reporting Panel: Q2 2003, just released by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). “Consumers want their cars looking good for the summer months,” said Dan Kaplan, AAIA’s senior director of market research. “They are willing to spend more money in the spring to make sure their cars are in top shape.” Eight products are tracked in Paint & Body Equipment Jobbers’ Quarterly Data Reporting Panel: Q2 2003, including paint, abrasives and masking products. The report also tracks jobbers’ sales expectations for the next 12 months. The quarterly report is available to participating PBE jobbers at no cost. AAIA manufacturer, wholesale-distributor and retailer members can purchase a four-quarter subscription to the study for $100; the non-member price is $500. Contact Andrew Paradise to learn how to participate in the study at 301-654-6664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on annual collision-repair trends, AAIA offers the 2003/2004 Aftermarket Factbook, which contains data on: –Overall sales by collision-repair shops. –Frequency of vehicle collisions in the United States. –The number of U.S. shops specializing in collision repair. The four-color Factbook is available for $95 for AAIA members and $195 for non-members. To order by phone, call 301-654-6664, or order online at www.aftermarket.org.