European bike sales… up!

No, really, there’s an improvement for the first time in years

Posted: 3 April 2014
by Visordown News

SALES figures from around Europe are showing that for the first time in years there’s a significant upturn in the number of bikes being sold.

Bike sales started dropping off in Europe as the financial downturn hit back in 2007 and 2008, and they’ve kept heading downwards every year since. But the figures just released for January and February show that there’s a significant improvement for those two months compared to the same period in 2013.

Overall, sales of bikes and mopeds increased 8.6%, with Germany leading the charge on a massive 24.1% increase. The UK’s 4.2% improvement was a fair bit behind that, but still heading in the right direction. Strip some weak moped sales away, and the picture is rosier still, with an overall 14.8% improvement, headed again by Germany on a massive 47.8% upturn (UK: 6.6%).

Improvements in the economies around Europe are surely at least partially responsible for the increased sales, although it’s worth bearing in mind that this winter has been far less severe than that of 2012/13, which is also likely to have given bike sales a boost.

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Woo, and also, hoo!

More new bikes today means more used bikes tomorrow. Splendid work, carry on.

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:25

Best head off to Germany then. 47.8% compared to UK 6.6%. Whats going on are new bikes really cheap to buy over there?.Or does the average German worker earn a proper living wage unlike here.

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 14:27

Not a bad idea. I might head off to Germany to get me one o' them S1000R things.

In about 5 years.

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 16:05

Bear in mind it's just 2 months and Germany might just have had a particularly bad start to 2013.

IIRC, that was the months leading up to the launch of the water cooled R1200GS, so it might just have been a case of a lot of potential buyers keeping their wallets in their pockets before March.

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 20:42

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