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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A vast majority of bicycle retailers feel that the 2009 holiday season will treat them better than last year.

According to a recent Leisure Trends Group on-line survey, 61 percent of bicycle retailers surveyed felt that sales would increase this holiday season as opposed to last.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—In a survey released yesterday by Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), small businesses reported that while they are still concerned about the economy, their revenue expectations are up sharply in the past three months.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A new study by Bikes Belong found that more than 1 million Americans participated in recreational road ride events in 2008.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—More than 80 percent of bicycle retailers who responded to a recent Bikes Belong survey said bike advocacy makes bicycling easier, safer and more widespread. Sixty percent of the respondents said advocacy leads to more sales in their stores.

MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Products Suppliers Association and Leisure Trends Group have formed an alliance to track retail sales through a representative group of more than 200 U.S. retailers.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong recently conducted a BMX Access Survey finding that a good number of skate parks don’t allow BMX freestyle use.

Nearly 100 skate parks from 30 states responded to the survey where 46 percent said they don’t allow BMX riders and 54 percent do.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Retail sales for outdoor stores grew 2 percent compared to last April, moving from $339 million to $347 million, according to the most recent edition of The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Outdoor Topline Report, produced for OIA by the Leisure Trends Group.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Sales of bikes and accessories neared $3 billion ($2.934 billion) at independent bicycle dealers last year, according to a recently concluded phone survey by the Leisure Trends Group, a market research firm based in Boulder, Colorado.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Sales of recreational transport equipment (bicycles, pleasure boats and motors, recreational vehicles and snowmobiles) declined to $27 billion in 2008, a 29 percent drop.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—After wavering in the recent years around the 40 million mark, bicycle participation got a shot in the arm in 2008 as 44.7 million participated on asphalt and dirt.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group will release its first retail sales tracking reports for the bicycle industry by the end of the second quarter, according to Jim Spring, president of the market research firm based in Boulder, Colorado.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The Outdoor Foundation has released of the 2008 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the only detailed study of its kind tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends asked active Americans about their spending plans in the upcoming months. Close to 50 percent of active Americans plan to spend less on sports related gear, clothing and equipment, while only 1.6 percent plan to spend more. The rest (48.2 percent) plan to spend the same amount.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Almost all specialty retailers, from small to large, improved key measures of profitability and productivity versus two years ago, according to data in the newly released NSGA Cost of Doing Business Survey.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—A study by the direct marketing firm Catalyst Communications released yesterday at Interbike concludes that nearly 95 percent of IBD’s core customers are age 30 or older.

They are also much more likely to be married men earning more than $50,000 a year.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)─Bikes Belong has just completed a survey of more than 150 bicycle retailers from nearly 40 states to see if their summer 2008 sales reflect an increase in the use of bicycles for transportation.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Consumers purchased $1.08 billion in used sporting goods equipment in 2007, according to a recent report by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA).

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing is partnering with Leisure Trends Group to track and report on product sell-through at retail for the bicycle industry.

Leisure Trends will license SmartEtailing's extensive database in order to establish a benchmark of product models and variations.

BY NICOLE FORMOSA

COSTA MESA, CA—The number of specialty bike retail storefronts dropped to 4,451 in 2007, a decrease of 150 from the year before.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group, a full service market research company, hopes to fill a major gap in bicycle industry retail sales data.

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