“Right now I think the construction equipment market is impacted by the lack of clarity in fiscal policy, some of the economic factors we think, if they were clarified people who have more confidence in building as well. The year has started off somewhat wet for construction in North America, and for John Deere, North America is the largest part of our construction markets,” Golden says.
But he's optimistic that demand for backhoes, bulldozers, and excavators will eventually recover. Golden says Deere is now earning the same amount in a single quarter that it earned in an entire year in 1998. Overall, second quarter sales increased nine percent, to $10.9 billion dollars. And that's another quarterly record for the company. When its fiscal year ends next fall, Deere now predicts it will set another annual earnings record at 3.3 billion dollars.