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Posted May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Thursday May 10 2012 9:59 AM MT—Through March this year suppliers imported 312,306 more bikes compared with the same period last year, with kids' bikes categories making big gains, according to figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Posted May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Wednesday May 9 2012 10:47 AM MT—Americans want to maintain or increase funding for biking and working projects, according to a new study funded by the America Bikes advocacy group.

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Posted May 7, 2012

ALLENTOWN, PA (BRAIN) Monday May 7 2012 8:45 AM MT—Baby Boomer bicyclists may dominate the airwaves and magazine spreads in Flomax advertisements, but the generation no longer dominates the rest of the cycling market, a new study reveals.

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Posted April 26, 2012

BUNNIK, the Netherlands (BRAIN) Thursday April 26 2012 4:41 PM MT—A consumer survey conducted by Dutch trade organization BOVAG found that 84 percent of shoppers prefer to buy new bikes at a specialist bike shop.

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Posted April 23, 2012

ALLENTOWN, PA (BRAIN) — Owners of bikes they bought used ride more, buy more, and visit bike shops more often than owners of bikes they bought new, according to a new study.

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Posted April 18, 2012

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—As retailers marched through the month of March, one of the warmest on record, it appears that bicycle sales were relatively flat, but the average selling price per unit was up.

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Posted April 5, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Thursday April 5 2012 9:45 AM MT—The research company Leisure Trends is reporting that bike shop sales in February were up 12 percent over the same month in 2011, likely due to warmer weather nationwide this year.

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Posted March 19, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Mar 19, 10:26 MT—Outdoor retailers enjoyed a much-needed uptick in sales in February according to preliminary Outdoor RetailTRAK data from Leisure Trends Group.

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Posted March 14, 2012

The following story appeared in the March 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News

BPSA reports $50 million sales gain for 29ers in 2011

By Matt Wiebe

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Posted March 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Suppliers imported 27 percent more bikes in January compared to the year prior, for an increase of 267,153 units, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Posted February 21, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) Feb 21, 11:48 MT—When it comes to triathletes, there are four categories with distinct wants and needs, according to a study released this week at the Triathlon America conference.

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Posted February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Feb 10, 15:48 MT Suppliers imported 15.6 million bikes last year, down 4.1 million from 2010’s record 19.8 million bikes, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Imports were 2.5 million bikes below the prior-eight-year average of 18.1 million units.

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Posted February 1, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Feb 1, 18:17 MT —Buoyed by mild winter weather that extended their selling seasons, independent bike dealers rang out 2011 with a bang as December sales surged 13 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, according to Leisure Trends Group’s RetailTRAK

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Posted November 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—A record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million last year, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

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Posted November 2, 2011

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—According to Leisure Trends Group, overall merchandise sales at IBDS during September were up 5 percent in units and 9 percent in dollars compared to September 2010, totaling $263 million. That’s up $21 million compared to the same month last year.

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Posted October 6, 2011

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—It seems only fitting that with the Ironman World Championship taking place tomorrow in Kona, Hawaii, a new study points to triathlon showing the most major gains amongst all outdoor sports.

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Posted October 6, 2011

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN)—Bicycle sales in the 27 European Union member countries remained relatively stable in 2010 with total units sold falling less than one percent.

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Posted June 29, 2011

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bike sales were up 7 percent through April, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association sell-through data from the Leisure Trends Group (LTG). Most of that growth is coming from road bikes and 29-inch mountain bikes.

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Posted June 10, 2011

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Bicycle riding has increased 2.9 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association director of research and information services Dan Kasen.

“I think the [stronger] economy had something to do with it,” Kasen said of the modest gain.

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Posted May 18, 2011

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Independent bike retailers have adopted point-of-sale systems at the same pace as other specialty sporting goods retailers. Based on a recent survey conducted by Leisure Trends Group, 88.2 percent of bike retailers currently use a POS system.

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