Bike sales slip in 2011

Bike sales in the UK fell slightly in terms of units and value in 2011, according to the latest COLIBI and COLIPED annual report on the European bicycle market.

2011 saw bicycle unit sales fall slightly to 3,580,000 from 3,640,000 in 2010, however 2010’s figure was well up on 2009’s 3,400,000 and 2008’s 3,311,000. Long term, unit sales are significantly higher than 10 years ago ? around 55% higher than a decade ago ? (2002: 2,300,000) but down on 2004’s high of 3,905,000.

Despite the dip, the UK still has the second highest number of unit sales of bicycles in Europe, behind only Germany (4,050,000 units). Third in the table is France with 3,200,000 units and Italy with 1,750,000.

In terms of value, 2011 also saw a slight dip in sales, falling to 1.6% on 2010. However, 2010’s value sales figure had risen a whopping 39% from 2009.

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