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Second ‘BA Barometer’ report indicates average price rise amid e-bike growth

The Bicycle Association has published its second monthly Market Data Bulletin, this time covering August 2019 versus August 2018, as well as a year to date summary.

Headline data revealed a relatively tough market overall during August with sales value down 6%, and volumes down 10%. This indicates that average prices are rising and the impact of e-bikes on this metric was outlined within the report.

It follows the release of the BA’s first report at the beginning of October, which found July’s year-on-year value sales to have dropped 5%.

The second report is based on sales-out data from around 45% of the market and comes ahead of the online Dashboard launch, which is due to go live before the end of 2019. The service is being managed on behalf of the BA by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc (SMS Inc), whose system now has over 300,000 products on the database.

Each month until launch, the BA will provide a free high-level analysis of key statistics exclusively to retailers who are sharing their data and to suppliers/brands who have signed up to the (chargeable) dashboard service.

For comparison, in the wider non-food retail market, the BRC recorded a decline of 1.2%. August was a degree warmer than the average, though rainfall was up 153%.

The confidential report also includes:
– Total market value and volume growth for August and year to date
– Market growth by category (bikes/e-bikes/PACs/ servicing)
– Category growth dynamics by bike sub-category (mountain, road, commute, gravel, cross, folding, BMX, kids, TT)
– Category growth dynamics by e-bike sector (mountain, road, commute, gravel, folding)

Heather from Saddles and Paddles said: “It’s really helpful to share with my senior staff, both in sales and in the workshop, as they rarely get the opportunity to see the ‘bigger picture’ stuff.”

Will from Pearson cycles added: “Really insightful and hugely helpful. It’s good to know this level of detail beyond our own EPOS analytics.”

Importers, brands and wholesalers can subscribe to receive the reports. Pricing is given on the BA website. Any brand signing up to pay for the dashboard service will receive the summary insight reports free until the live dashboard launch. All services for retailers who contribute data will remain free after launch.

The report also highlights which sub-categories of bikes were growing or declining in sales, and breaks down which sub-categories of e-bikes were enjoying the strongest growth. There are further trends for PACs and services and repair.

The Market Data Service is free for every independent retailer in the UK who provides cycling retail data, whether or not they have an EPOS system. Presently the system accepts data automatically from four EPOS providers (Ascend, Abacus, Citrus-Lime, and Seanic) with discussions ongoing with others that should see greater automated access going forward.

For those retailers with a bespoke IT system or no EPOS till at all, this doesn’t present a barrier as the Market Data team can work with a variety of different formats and for those with no EPOS, a monthly “self-reporting survey” covering 12 simple questions allows any retailer to take part.

IBDs who would like to receive the next free report, and future editions, can sign up to the Market Data Service here. Anyone providing data on a monthly basis and signing up to the Market Data Service will also automatically get a login to access the Interactive Dashboard when it goes live.

For additional information, call the Bicycle Association helpline on 0203 857 4411.

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