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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Outdoor product sales saw a 7.6 percent uptick in sales in March, driven by outdoor apparel, footwear and hardgoods sales — and led by sales through online and discount/mass retailers.

ALLENTOWN, PA (BRAIN) — The publisher of the American Bicyclist Study, a market study of adult bicycle consumers, is offering suppliers and retailers a chance to review an electronic copy of the study at no charge for 30 days.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Sales got off to a slow start at independent bicycle dealers this year. While total dollar sales held steady at $145 million, unit sales slipped 2 percent in January, according to sell-through data from Leisure Trends Group. 

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Independent bike dealers rang out last year on a high note, with December sales of $218 million, up 3 percent from a year earlier, to propel full-year 2012  merchandise sales to $3.3 billion, according to Leisure Trends Group’s RetailTRAK data.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Product Suppliers Association members’ shipments to bike shops grew a modest 2 percent last year to 2.6 million bikes.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Sales at IBDs bounced back in November after October declines, with overall annual sales remaining on track for a record 2012, according sell-through data from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and Leisure Trends Group.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The number of complete bicycles exported from Taiwan dipped slightly in the first nine months of the year, but the units’ value continued to climb.  

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Leisure Trends Group and the National Sporting Goods Association have reached an agreement that will provide NSGA members with access to retail sales data from Leisure Trends' Sporting Goods RetailTRAK program.

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.


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