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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Biking (Road, Mountain and BMX) came in second to Running when measured by frequency of participation among adults (25-plus), according to the 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Top-line Report.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The outdoor product business outpaced the overall retail market by a wide margin, posting a 4.5 percent sales increase to $774.3 million for the five‐week fiscal month of March ending April 2.
BY Doug McClellan
James Moore sees it most starkly after the holidays, when parents bring the big-box bikes they bought for their children to his bike shop.
COLUMBUS, OH (BRAIN)—A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found the number of mountain bike-related injuries decreased 56 percent over the 14-year study period (1994 to 2007), going from a high of more than 23,00
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—When asked about the "coolest" gift active American could give or receive this holiday season, they named cycling equipment and accessories and GPS instruments as the top items.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bicycle sales at the IBD was up 17.5 percent in March with sales of $384 million, the best month to date since Leisure Trends Group started tracking sales in the industry last May.
With the upcoming release of May data, LTG will begin showing year over year comparisons from IBDs.
LONDON, UK (BRAIN)—China’s output of electric bicycles reached 22.2 million in 2009, a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year, according to China Electric Bicycle Industry Report 2009.
The new NBDA/Growth Cycle retailer training partnership is looking for feedback on your in-store training experiences. This survey takes literally 90 seconds, please fill it out by clicking on link, it will help you get better staff training in 2011.
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (BRAIN)—Retailers who are actively involved in marketing their products and/or services using Facebook may have a distinct advantage over their competitors, according to the latest Morpace Omnibus study.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Core Outdoor retail sales surged 27 percent this past February.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Leadership Conference's six-week original consumer survey received more than 2,300 responses.
“Some of the write-in answers were quite heated,” said Bikes Belong’s Kate Scheider, who conducted the survey. “People who ride a lot clearly feel invested in our industry.”