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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Active Americans are more optimistic and more likely than the general population to spend big this holiday season, according to a Leisure Trends' survey of its Most Active Americans Panel. 

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The Outdoor Industry Association is reporting flat sales of outdoor products last month compared withthe same month last year. However, the OIA said sales of bikes and bike equipment through sportings goods retailers increased during the month.

Editor's note: These numbers were later restated by Leisure Trends. Please see article about the updated figures.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — As Leisure Trends Group broadcast its 2013 Pre-Interbike Sales Trends webinar live from a soggy and flooded Boulder, Colo., the topic of weather was impossible to

July category sales, 2013 compared to 2012. LTG

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Retail merchandise sales were up 2 percent in July, coming in at $382 million according to Leisure Trends Group's RetailTrak IBD sales summary.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — U.S. suppliers shipped roughly the same number of bikes to retailers in July as last year, resulting in some improvement in year-to-date sales.

Consulting group says the U.S. market sold about 160,000 bikes

FORT MEYERS, FL (BRAIN) — An industry consultant group estimates that the market for electric bikes in the U.S. roughly doubled between July 2012 and last month.

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Bike suppliers continue to put on the brakes, cutting bike imports 15 percent over the first half of the year. Though the slowdown is mostly imports of mass-market kid’s bikes, 26-inch imports also are down 9 percent.

SAUSALITO, CA (BRAIN) — A non-profit organization is publishing a quick-reference card to help cycling teams and race officials assess possible concussions.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Retail sales for June were down 2 percent in units but up 1 percent in dollars, coming in at $391 million, according to Leisure Trends Group's RetailTrak IBD sales summary.

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Ski and snowboard participation slumped 3 percent last season, largely due to a slow start to the season, according to a new industry report.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Suppliers sold fewer bikes in June compared to last year, suggesting it is unlikely that the industry will recover from weak sales early in the year.

BEVERLY, MA (BRAIN) — Working with a research firm, apparel maker Craft Sportswear North America recently surveyed more than 1,000 cyclists about how they shop for clothing and accessories—and saw opportunity for specialty bike dealers in the results.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — After three consecutive months of decline, IBDs rebounded and posted the first month of positive sales this year, according to Leisure Trends Group.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Suppliers sold bicycles worth more in dollars this May than last May, marking the first month this year that dollar sales exceeded same month sales last year.

Frequency of participation in biking. Source: NSGA 2013

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN) — Cycling participation remained relatively flat in 2012, up a negligible 0.4 percent last year to 39.3 million, according to the latest numbers from the National Sporting Goods Association. 

Bike sales through outdoor retailers also weak

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Sales of outdoor products fell 1.7 percent in May compared to the same month last year, according to the Outdoor Industry Association VantagePoint report.

Triathlon sees largest average annual increases.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — About 141.9 million Americans got outdoors last year to exercise and take part in at least one of the 43 outdoor activities that the Outdoor Foundation tracks.

High inventory remains a concern

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Supplier sales remained down through April compared to last year but suppliers regained some ground from the first quarter, according to the BPSA Topline for Cycling RetailTRAK from Leisure Trends Group.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Below-normal temperatures and the 10th largest March snow coverage on record sent IBD sales into a deep freeze compared with an unusually warm and record-setting March last year, according to March retail sel

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