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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Fred Clements: Sloth and torpor are cycling's big challenge

    in cycling, at least not recently. In 2013, cycling participation dropped by 9 percent from the previous year, ...

    Posted October 10, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  4. Fred Clements: Bike tourism helps the bike trade

    Blumenthal of PeopleForBikes described an 85 percent growth in bicycle use in some cities, with protected ...

    Posted November 14, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  5. Fred Clements: Support sales tax fairness now

    competitors are not. Combined state and local sales tax rates range from 6-10 percent in most states and can ...

    Posted September 24, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  6. Fred Clements: Is trashing Amazon the next big thing?

    rate is 8.15 percent, so by claiming to be exempt, Amazon gets a price subsidy of more than eight cents ...

    Posted October 3, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  7. Fred Clements: Bike shop metrics are on the rise

    This tracks well with previously-released data that bicycle sales were off by 12 percent, and adult ...

    Posted July 17, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  8. Fred Clements: Consumers seek out tax-free retailers

    by 9.5 percent following introduction of mandatory sales tax across all states in the value of products ...

    Posted May 15, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  9. Fred Clements: Are bikes the black hole of IBD profitability?

    as a percent of gross sales) were 42.2% in 2011. In 2013, that number fell dramatically to 38.7%, mostly ...

    Posted July 29, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  10. Fred Clements: Six trends for bike retailers to watch

    A blog by the NBDA's executive director. Editor’s note:   Fred Clements  is the executive director of the  National Bicycle Dealers Association . Clements’ previous blog posts can be read on . Mobile ...

    Posted March 27, 2015 in Retail News