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WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Suppliers imported 16.2 million bikes though October this year compared with 12.8 million bikes imported over the same period in 2011. Children’s bike categories are up 33 percent overall as retailers hope to get a bike under a lot of Christmas trees this holiday season.

But dealers remain on track for record year, according to Leisure Trends and BPSA

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The return of seasonable fall weather had a chilling effect on IBD sales in October, as overall merchandise sales declined by 4 percent in units and 7 percent in dollars to $170 million, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association Cycling Topline data from Leisure Trends Group

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — More than 40 percent of independent bicycle dealers report stronger Black Friday sales this year than in 2011, according to research firm Leisure Trends Group.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Leisure Trends Group projects that IBD sales for the year through September have reached more than $3 billion, up 7 percent compared with the same period in 2011.

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — 2012 bike imports reached 14.4 million through September, a 29 percent increase over last year. Suppliers have continued bringing in substantially more kid’s bikes than last year.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Leisure Trends Group is reporting that sales through independent bike dealers were up 8 percent in September. The company, which bases its reports on a sample of retailers, said that all major product categories contributed to the growth.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Wholesale sales to bike shops climbed by 6 percent during the first nine months of the year, while unit shipments were up 3 percent, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association’s September report.

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Imports through August are up 29 percent overall, reaching 12,470,453 bikes, 2.8 million more bikes than 2011, which was the lowest year for imports in more than a decade.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—When it comes to bicycles, the Dutch know how to treat themselves.

Tagged Eurobike

Except in Flomax commercials, Baby Boomers no longer drive the U.S. bike market, but an upcoming generation may help produce another bike boom like the one that bell-bottomed Boomers created in 1970s.

Editor's note: This story was part of BRAIN’s annual compilation of industry statistics in the July 1 issue.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—While the average retail price of bikes was up 3 percent, unit sales dipped 4 percent in June, according to RetailTRAK data from Leisure Trends Group.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN) Thursday July 26 2012 10:56 AM MT—The warm winter brought smiles all around as suppliers and retailers booked record early sales. Yet sales success is slowing in the heat of summer for suppliers.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Wednesday July 25 2012 4:57 PM MT—Retail sales of outdoor products lost some momentum in June, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry Association.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Tuesday July 3 2012 4:59 PM MT— The continuation of favorable weather helped boost May dollar sales to record levels at IBDs despite a drop in the number of bicycles sold, according to new figures from Leisure Trends Group.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The outdoor recreation market drives $646 in annual U.S. spending and supports 6.1 million domestic jobs, according to a report released Wednesday by the Outdoor Industry Association.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) Monday June 18 2012 3:00 PM PST—The results of a new study detailing the usage of Capital Bikeshare, the 1,500-bike rental scheme in Washington, D.C. and Arlington County, Virginia, were released today.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Wednesday June 6 2012 3:33 PM MT—After an unseasonably warm March that boosted bike shop sales 29 percent, April sales gains were more modest, according to a recent report by Leisure Trends.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Monday May 14 2012 6:49 PM MT—Overall merchandise sales at IBDs surged 29 percent in March as the warm weather continued to smile down on dealers, according to Leisure Trends Group’s RetailTRAK data.

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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