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With Fresh Capital from J.H. Whitney, Confluence Seeks SUP Acquisition
Look for Confluence Outdoors to acquire a standup paddleboard (SUP) brand this year with fresh growth capital provided by its first new owner in more than a decade...(4/23/2014)
Minus Easton, BRG Sports Turns Focus to Helmet Brands
Easton-Bell Sports Inc. closed the sale of its Easton baseball and softball business, refinanced its debt, officially changed its name and announced an agreement to sell Easton Cycling in a flurry of activity it says position it to invest more in its remaining Bell, Riddell and Giro helmet brands...(4/19/2014)
Mountain Biking Gets Boost From State Parks’ Seeking Self Sufficiency
National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) agreements to establish high school mountain biking leagues in Alabama and Virginia marked several milestones for the non-profit and mountain biking at large...(4/19/2014)
Scandinavia’s Largest Ski Resort Operator Enters E-Commerce
The largest operator of ski resorts in Scandinavia is launching an online store for mountain sports products as part of a full blown multi-channel retailing strategy. SkiStar AB said the new online store will have much lowering marketing costs because it will be integrated with the company's booking site which is already drawing significant traffic...(4/19/2014)
Sportsman’s Warehouse IPO Prices Below Target Range
Shares of Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings, Inc. began trading at $9.50 a share Thursday on the NASDAQ, or below the $11 to $13 range the company was shooting for with the initial public offering...(4/19/2014)
JD Sports Reports Turn Around at Outdoor Banners
UK-based retailer JD Sports Fashion PLC said its Outdoor Division broke even in the six months ended Feb. 2 and that it expects the trend to continue...(4/15/2014)
European Companies Take Lead in North American eBike Market
Europe clearly emerged as the leader in North America’s nascent eBike market last week with a pair of announcements aimed at lowering barrier to entry for independent bike dealers...
Europe clearly emerged as the leader in North America’s nascent eBike market last week with a pair of announcements aimed at lowering barriers to entry for independent bike dealers.
Accell Group NV and Robert Bosch GmbH both said they are establishing support systems for North American eBike dealers this year. (4/13/2014)
Specialty Bike Industry Ponders If It’s Out of Sync With American Consumer
Concerns that independent bicycle dealers (IBDs) are out of sync with the rapidly growing ranks of urban cyclists and financially strapped American families dominated much of the discussion at the National Bicycle Dealer Association/s annual executive conference last week...(4/12/2014)