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LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The number of U.S. independent bicycle retailers declined 2.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to a new report from the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (BRAIN) — Cycling participation ticked up a mild 0.5 percent to 36.2 million riders in 2016, according to new figures from the National Sporting Goods Association.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Suppliers selling e-bikes saw an increase in business over the first quarter as shipments grew 88 percent, but that is about the only good news in Q1.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Suppliers shipped 3 percent more bikes to shops this January than last year, in spite of inclement weather up and down the West Coast and throughout the Southwest.

Online sales up 12.6 percent.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Retail Federation said Friday that the most recent holiday retail sales were up 4 percent, with "non-store" sales up 12.6 percent to $122.9 billion.

The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

Year-to-date shipments are down nearly 8%.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — November gave suppliers a glimmer of hope and helped offset losses earlier in the year. Suppliers shipped 16,715 more units to retailers during the month than a year earlier — an increase of about 12 percent.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has renewed its contract with the Gluskin Townley Group to produce the NBDA's annual U.S. Bicycle Market Overview.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has hired The Gluskin Townley Group to conduct the 2016 edition of the association's annual Specialty Channel Retailer Research Study. The 2016 study will be published at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

September-to-September comparisons show double-digit drops in units and dollars.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Suppliers shipped 8 percent fewer bikes over the first nine months of the year compared with the same period in 2015, according to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association’s September sell-in report.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The dealers association and suppliers association are working with The NPD Group (formerly Leisure Trends) to offer a free market data program to specialty retailers.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — According to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association June report, supplier shipments over the first six months of this year fell 6 percent to 1.2 million units from 1.3 million last year. Sales fell to $551.5 million from $581.3 million over the first half of 2015.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Wholesale bike sales were down 5.7 percent in 2016 through May, according to the most recent report from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. The trend was not promising, either, as sales in May were down 8.4 percent from a year earlier.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (BRAIN) — The NPD Group has expanded its Retail Tracking Service to provide a more comprehensive view of the U.S. cycling market, adding coverage of all retail channels for bicycle products, including outdoor specialty, sporting goods, national chains, mass merchants, and e-commerce.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (BRAIN) — The National Sporting Goods Association found that consumer-reported sales of sporting goods equipment, athletic footwear and athletic apparel was up 4 percent in 2015. The NSGA published its 2016 edition of its Sporting Goods Market report this week. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Supplier sales to U.S. retailers from January through March showed no improvement over the same period a year earlier, in part contributing to a 40 percent jump in supplier inventory levels at the end of March, according to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BRAIN) — Triathlon Business International is conducting its second annual Industry Confidence Survey, which the trade group said will serve as "a barometer to multisport industry sentiment on key issues ranging from perspectives on retail prices to the general outlook for growth of triathlon in the U.S."

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The NPD Group says IBD bike sales were up 4 percent in dollars and 7 percent in units in the first nine months of 2015.

"Contrary to the first nine months of 2014, the cycling industry is on the plus side heading into this holiday season," the retail tracking company said.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Sales of snow sports products were up 3 percent in August and September compared to last year, and the industry's trade association said the uptick was largely due to pent up demand in the West, where ski areas experienced a snow drought the last several seasons.

Gluskin Townley report finds shop visits have declined 17 percent since 2012.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) — Bike shop visits by consumers declined 17 percent between 2012 and 2014, according to a new report based on consumer research by the industry consulting group Gluskin Townley.

Store pickup of online orders is increasingly popular, retail group says.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Retail Federation is predicting that consumer holiday spending will be up a bit this year, to $805 per person, the highest amount in the 14 years that the NRF has been conducting its Holiday Consumer Spending Survey.

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