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  1. Fred Clements: Survey reports momentum for independent businesses

    reporting solid sales in 2015, with revenue growing an average of 6.6 percent. Among independent retailers, revenue increased 4.7 percent in 2015, including a 3.1 percent gain during the holiday season. ...

    Posted February 23, 2016 in Retail News

  2. Fred Clements: Survey shows rising dealer metrics in a flat market

    for these surveys, and an increase of 3 percent from the previous year. While there continue to be huge ...

    Posted July 17, 2015 in Retail News

  3. Fred Clements: Independents battle Internet and rising costs - in many industries

    of the businesses, with average revenue growth of 8.1 percent being reported. As a group, retailer growth was a little less robust at 5.1 percent. Bike shops helped drag the average down though, with sales growth ...

    Posted February 18, 2015 in Opinion/Analysis

  4. REI’s revenue up 9 percent in 2015; online sales up 23 percent

    reported $2.4 billion in annual revenues in 2015, a 9.31 percent increase from $2.2 billion in 2014. Comparable store sales, which include direct to consumer sales, were up 7 percent, and online sales grew by nearly 23 percent, the company said Tuesday. REI stocks and sells a variety of bike brands ...

    Posted March 15, 2016 in Retail News

  5. Fred Clements: New congressional bill tackles sales tax reform

    but are a significant factor when some face up to a 10 percent price disadvantage due to unfair government tax policy. ...

    Posted July 27, 2015 in Retail News

  6. Thule Group sales up 6 percent in Q1

    percent. The company said its Sport & Cargo Carrier and Outdoor & Bags segments were its strongest ...

    Posted May 2, 2016 in International

  7. Shimano sales fall 16 percent in first quarter

    revenue decline in its bike segment, as it announced that net sales were down 20 percent in the first quarter of 2016. The company's operating income also was down, 30.7 percent. Its bike segment had also reported a quarterly decline of 2 percent in the final quarter of 2015, compared to the same ...

    Posted April 26, 2016 in International

  8. Fred Clements: Will bike shops serve the changing market?

    in 2013, up 2.5 percent from 2011. That's the good news. The bad news is that most bike owners visited ...

    Posted October 28, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  9. Mavic sales down 2 percent in Q1

    Mavic sales also were down 2 percent for the full year 2015, compared to 2014 .  Amer closed on its ...

    Posted April 22, 2016 in International

  10. Fred Clements: How Washington punishes small businesses

    become harder. The number of startups created annually fell by about 20 percent between the 1970s ...

    Posted May 11, 2015 in Retail News