A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Fred Clements , executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association .
The news is still not great, but 29er sales actually grew a bit. BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — September bikes sales at IBDs weren’t quite so bad as initially reported . Leisure Trends has corrected and restated its RetailTrak IBD sales summary for the month
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—IBD merchandise sales fell 11 percent in September to land at $252 million, and units were down 13 percent compared to the same period in 2012 according to Leisure Trends Group’s RetailTrak IBD sales summary. About 167,000 bicycles were sold at the IBD this September, which was 17,000 fewer than the same month last year. The only category that didn’t contribute to this decline is transit/fitness, which increased 6 percent to reach 54,000 units.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The NPD Group has agreed to buy Leisure Trends Group, a Boulder-based market research company that tracks retail and wholesale sales and inventory figures in the bike industry. The NPD Group, based in Port Washington, N.Y., offers market research and consulting services to many industries and clients worldwide.
MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN) — It appears that ISPO, the Munich trade show organizer, is pulling the plug on Bike ISPO and instead is encouraging suppliers to participate in its annual Travel and Leisure expo held in February. Klaus Dittrich, management chairman for Messe Munchen, said in a press release issued Thursday that the Messe is taking a new direction
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Fred Clements, Executive Director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association. Clements’ previous blogs can be read on bikedealerblog.wordpress.com
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’ RetailTrak IBD sales summary.
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN) — Outside magazine released its 2013 list of Top 100 best places to work, and more than a dozen bike companies made the list this year, including SRAM, QBP, CamelBak and Honey Stinger. Santa Cruz Bicycles was number 38 on the list.
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.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) â€” Retail sales in April were down for a third consecutive month at independent bike shops, according to Leisure Trendsâ€™ RetailTrak IBD sales summary. Sales â€” bicycles and related parts and accessories â€” totaled $360 million for the month, a 7 percent drop from April 2012. For the four months through April, sales also dipped 11 percent, coming in at $907 million or $114 million lower than the same period last year.