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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. Wholesale bikes sales down 6 percent through May; inventory up 19 percent

    was not promising, either, as sales in May were down 8.4 percent from a year earlier. The industry also continues to struggle with inventory at the wholesale level. Suppliers held 19.7 percent more bike inventory, ...

    Posted June 20, 2016 in Studies/Reports

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Fred Clements: Innovate, adapt and prepare to 'fail forward'

    strategy. According to PeopleForBikes research, 53 percent of the U.S. population would like to ride a bike more often. However, 52 percent worry about being hit by a car, and 35 percent worry about other ...

    Posted April 22, 2015 in Retail News

  9. 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

  10. 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