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Bicycle Leadership Conference Leads Out Sea Otter Classic for Industry Brass
A who’s who of bicycle industry executives, managers and other influencers met in Monterey, California, last week to discuss market growth at the Bicycle Leadership Conference, the annual gathering of the industry trade group Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA).
Athleisure Trend, European Expansion Drove Record Results at UK's JD Sports Fashion in 2014
JD Sports Fashion Plc reported sales from continuing operations grew 25 percent to £1.52 billion ($2.0 bn) in 2014 as its Sports Fashion segment rode the athleisure trend and European expansion to impressive growth that more than offset weather related discounting at its much smaller Outdoor segment...(4/17/2015)
UCI Decision on Disc Brakes Expected to Spur Road Bike Sales
The bicycling industry got a major shot in the arm last week when the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) agreed to rules for testing disc brakes at professional road races this season. Manufacturers expect the decision will give road cycling enthusiasts their most compelling reason to buy a new road bike in years...(4/17/2015)
UK Bike Maker Tandem Looks to LEVs and Toys to Drive Growth
Tandem Group PLC reported revenue grew 10.5 percent in 2014, but that only 30 percent of the growth came from its bicycle business, which continues to face challenging conditions in the United Kingdom's independent bicycle dealer (IBD) channel...(4/17/2015)
OIA Capitol Summit Ends on High Note
Outdoor Industry Association's annual lobbying trip to Washington D.C. ended on a high note Thursday after Congressional leaders introduced two bills at the top of its trade agenda...
Stars Aligning for OIA's Signature Trade Legislation
Outdoor Industry Association members head to Washington DC this week convinced they may have their best chance in years to advance their trade agenda thanks to growing support for a comprehensive new trade deal with Pacific trade partners...(4/10/2015)
Report: Amazon Acquires Shoefitr
Two separate sources reported that Amazon has acquired Shoefitr, a startup that makes fit data from dozens of athletic and outdoor footwear brands available to online retailers to help them reduce costly returns...(4/10/2015)
Patagonia's VC Fund Invests in Textile Chemical Company
Patagonia's in-house venture capital fund has invested an undisclosed sum in a Swiss chemical company focused on producing high-performance textile treatments from natural materials...(4/10/2015)