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Stock availability and margins are concerns for the forthcoming 12 months

BICYCLE INDUSTRY PREDICTIONS FOR 2012: Retailers speak out

“2012 is going to be a very exciting year, it will be the year that separates the men from the boys. For us it’ll be
all about growing the business internally by growing market share. There is a lot of money out there, you just have to give the customer reasons to spend it and make it easy for them to do so. Our biggest concern for 2012 is stock availability. If we can get it, we will sell it.”
Steve Baskerville, Real Cycles

“We seem to be doing okay so far, but speaking to reps and looking at other companies we are expecting a tough year for everyone.”
Pete at Cycle Store, Congleton

“My prediction for 2012? I feel it’ll see the closure of plenty of bike shops, for starters, perhaps largely down to the discounting practice that’s been strangling our margins for so long. Further to that, I suspect it’ll bring about tighter control of a distributor and manufacturer’s margin too.

Personally, though, we’re looking forward to a great 2012, as retail is only a small part of our business. Offering hire and holiday to cyclists gives us a boost given how many holidaymakers are staying local at present.”
Spokesperson, Dales Bike Centre

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