Sales for all five automobile rental companies operating at the Medford airport declined over the first half of 2009.

Sales for all five automobile rental companies operating at the Medford airport declined over the first half of 2009.

Year-to-date declines ranged from 19.51 percent at Avis to 3.12 percent at Enterprise, according to figures reported to Jackson County.

Total rental revenue in 2008 reached $6,748,475.23. As of June 30, the five companies combined for sales of $2,874,804.81.

Hertz, Budget and Enterprise both reported two months of increased sales during the first half of the year, while National had one month of gains.

Hertz produced revenue of $812,931.71 during the first six months of 2009. Despite back-to-back gains in April and May, the No. 1 rental company in the nation and market trailed 2008 sales by 7.36 percent at mid-year. National, which saw a 1.12 percent year-over-year gain in June, was No. 2 after six months at $661,252.71.

Avis, which trailed last year's performance throughout the first six months, posted revenue of $595,133.07. Budget had 14.33 percent gain in April and followed up with a 7.72 percent improvement in June to pull with 4 percent of last year. As a result, Budget had revenue of $460,086.71 through six months.

Enterprise, the newest player at the airport, had first-half revenue of $345,401.60.

— Greg Stiles