Strong bike sales helped drive up Harley-Davidson's earnings by about 20 percent for 2013.

The company's profit jumped 17.6 percent to $734 million, up from $623.9 million in 2012.

"Without question 2013 was an outstanding year for Harley-Davidson," CEO Keith Wandell said in a statement.

The Milwaukee-based manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary and shipped 260,839 motorcycles to worldwide distributors, compared to 249,849 a year earlier.

That helped retail sales climb 4.4 percent in the U.S., 9.8 percent in the Asia Pacific region, 13.1 percent in Latin America and 4.6 percent in Canada.

Rolling out two new bikes - Project Rushmore and Street - helped increase sales, as did surge production, Wandell said.

Harley's fourth-quarter earnings increased 6.8 percent as net income climbed to $75.4 million from $70.6 million during the same period in 2012.

Revenue for the period rose 2.1 percent to $1.03 billion.

Last year also marked the completion of Harley's company-wide restructuring.

It began in 2009 in Springettsbury Township and cut the local workforce in half to about 1.200 employees at the York Vehicle Operations, where a 58-acre West Campus was consolidated into a 600,000-square-foot softail production facility.

Completing the restructuring last year saved the company $310 million.

Harley expects the restructuring to save about $320 million annually, starting this year.


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"We believe we are well-positioned to leverage our momentum, expand our reach among new and existing customers and further strengthen Harley-Davidson's position as one of the world's leading brands," Wandell said.

Harley expects to increase motorcycle shipments by 7 to 9 percent this year, sending up to 284,000 bikes to dealers and distributors worldwide.

The company also expects first-quarter shipments to increase to as many as 81,500, up from 75,222 during the same quarter a year ago.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.