TAIPEI, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—Revenue for Taiwan’s top two manufacturers rose in November, putting both Giant and Merida on track for double digit growth in 2010, according to numbers released on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. reported sales increased 10.2 percent in the third quarter to $198.8 million from $180.4 million a year ago, while gross margin increased to 35 percent from 34.4 percent. Team Sports sales grew 12.4 percent while Action Sports revenues grew 8 percent.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Imports through September are not only up strongly over last year, they are higher than anytime over the past six years. Suppliers swung 15.46 million bikes over the pier so far, an increase of 3.8 million units over last year.
WESTFORD, CT (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox posted its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth this week as net sales soared 66 percent in the third quarter of the year.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel's third quarter recreational/leisure revenue increased 18.8 percent to $172.5 million compared to $145.2 million last year for the same time period.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Mavic’s sales jumped 14 percent in the third quarter of the year as next year’s preseason orders began shipping, according to an earnings report released Thursday by Amer Sports, the wheel manufacturer’s Finnish owner.
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Sales in Shimano’s bicycle segment soared almost 20 percent during the first three quarters of the year as the world economy showed signs of recovery, according to nine-month earnings figures released by the company on Wednesday.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Oakley saw double digit growth in the third quarter of the year, led by exceptional performance in Europe, according to a earnings report released Monday by Luxottica, parent company of the eyewear giant.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Giant’s Taiwan factory saw nearly 30 percent growth in September as production levels rebounded from 2009.
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN)—Imports of mountain and comfort bikes up 13 percent in June were up 29 percent through August as suppliers opened the flood gates in the third quarter. Adult categories, up 12 percent in June, were up 24 percent in August, an increase of 957,865 units over last year.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—The value of exports from Taiwan’s bike manufacturers shot up 31 percent in the second quarter of 2010 as the global economy recovered and fuel prices rebounded, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Revenue from Ideal Bike Corporation’s Taiwan operations rebounded in July after nearly a year on the decline, according to revenue figures released on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Imports of kids’ bikes through June showed no signs of slowing, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sidewalk bikes, 20-inch and 24-inch categories were up 32, 23 and 51 percent, respectively, compared to the same month in 2009.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Giro has announced plans to broaden its product portfolio with a new line of men’s and women’s cycling shoes set to launch this fall.
WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox second quarter revenue saw healthy gains, increasing $4.8 million—a 16.1 percent increase for the same time period in 2009.
MONTREAL (BRAIN)—Dorel’s bike business increased nearly 8 percent in the second quarter of the year despite impacts from global issues such as currency exchange rates and shipping container shortages.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Mavic’s sales inched up 2 percent in the second quarter of the year and 5 percent for the first half of 2010.
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—In spite of an unseasonably cold and wet January and February, Shimano’s sales increased by $164.4 million to $1.2 billion through June, beating its own forecast.
HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group said net profit increased 9 percent through the first half of 2010 while turnover was up 3 percent.
BY MATT WIEBE
Bicycles are the answer to dependence on fossil fuels, growing carbon emissions, urban congestion, obesity and a variety of health issues—a perfect storm sure to sweep new bike buyers into shops. So where were the customers last year?