BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Retail sales in April were down for a third consecutive month at independent bike shops, according to Leisure Trends’ RetailTrak IBD sales summary. Sales—bicycles and related parts and accessories—totaled $360 million for the month, a 7 percent drop from April 2012.
For the four months through April, sales also dipped 11 percent, coming in at $907 million or $114 million lower than the same period last year.
Sales of complete bicycles fell 6 percent from April 2012, totaling $200 million. The sport/performance category accounted for $62 million of that total, but was down 6 percent. This loss came almost entirely from aluminum models, with composite road bike sales holding steady at $41 million. Sales of transit/fitness and lifestyle/leisure bikes were flat for the month.
On the mountain bike side, the 29er market share continues to gain with an 8 percent increase in sales in April. Smaller wheels saw smaller sales, with 26-inch-wheeled bikes declining 29 percent. As a whole, the mountain category fell 11 percent in April.
Apparel, helmets and shoe sales also dropped 11 percent from this time last year. Except for a few 29er-specific items, aftermarket parts declined 8 percent, and aftermarket accessories also posted losses in almost every category.
April 2013 vs. April 2012
• All Bicycles: -6%
• Road Bikes: -6%
• Mountain Bikes: -11%
• Transit/Fitness Bikes: FLAT
• Lifestyle/Leisure Bikes: FLAT
• Shoes: -10%
• Apparel: -15%
• Aftermarket Parts: -8%
• Aftermarket Accessories: -8%