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    More ebikes sold in Finland thanks to the pandemic


    The Finnish trade publication YouSport reports that according to statistics from the Finnish Fashion and Sports Trade Association , sales of electric bikes in the country increased to about 31,000 units in 2020, up from 9,000 in 2018 and about 16,000 in 2019. Vellu Taskila of Pyöräliitto ...

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    EU Commission calls for travel within the EU to be “strongly discouraged”


    The European Commission has proposed the European Council to discourage non-essential travel between European Union member states amid high Covid-19 infection rates and concerns about new virus variants while avoiding border closures or blanket prohibitions that would impede the functioning of the internal market and supply chains. ...

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    OSV calls for public support to the French outdoor industry


    Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) , the French trade association dedicated to outdoor sports, urges the French government to support the outdoor industry, which is threatened by the coronavirus crisis and the shutdown of ski resorts specific program. According to OSV, and as reported by , the French outdoor industry ...

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    Idealp Sport is placed under administration


    Idealp Sport , a French skiwear company based in Albertville, has been placed under administration (“procédure de sauvegarde” under French law) by the Chambéry commercial court, as reported by . The Henri Duvillard brand, which Idealp sold to Amateis in Dec. 2020, is not involved in the ...

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    Carrefour National Pêche et Loisirs and Salon de la Pêche en Mer postponed to 2022


    Two major fishing shows in France have been forced to cancel their 2021 editions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The organizers of the Carrefour National Pêche et Loisirs , which was scheduled to take place at the Grande Halle d’Auvergne in Cournon-d’Auvergne, near Clermont Ferrand, on April 9-11, ...

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    Expo des Neiges 2021 canceled


    Due to the Swiss Federal Council’s directives and the ban on events, Expo des Neiges 2021, scheduled from March 30 to April 1, has been canceled. The first edition of the Expo planned in Aigle has thus been postponed until March 2022. An exact date has not yet been ...

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    A petition to reopen indoor climbing gyms in Italy


    A petition has been created on suggesting that indoor climbing gyms should be reopened despite the pandemic. The petition was launched by Marco Paco dell’Aquila , the manager of Rockspot in Milan, which claims to be the largest climbing gym in Italy. The text of the petition ...

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    Strong growth for Storck Bicycle


    German bicycle manufacturer Storck Bicycle , which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, says it is satisfied with its performance in the past fiscal year (2020) despite the challenges posed by Covid-19. “Although the impact of the Corona pandemic is affecting the entire industry, we are in an excellent position ...

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    Study by Mastercard says Covid-19 accelerates technological innovations in winter sports


    In a new study by the Center for Sports and Management at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management , conducted in an anonymous Delphi format with 46 winter sports experts, more than half (56 percent) of the participants predict that the industry will continue to evolve technologically ...

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    ISPO Munich Online with more than 500 exhibitors and 5-day event program


    Messe München reports that more than 500 exhibitors have registered to participate in the virtual Expo Area of the first online-only ISPO Munich on Feb. 1-5. The Expo Area is the virtual exhibition hall where brands can showcase their products and innovations. Also, participants can ...

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    Australia's BCF sees sales grow by more than 50% while online sales jump 113%


    The BCF (Boating Camping Fishing) chain, part of Super Retail Group , posted a 51 percent sales increase in the financial half-year ending Dec. 26, 2020. Sales on a same-store basis also increased by 51 percent. Meanwhile, online revenues rose by 113 percent. BCF is Australia’s largest retailer of ...

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    ​Germany extends lockdown, France to impose curfew


    With the number of corona cases still rising in the country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the 16 German states agreed on Jan. 19 to maintain the lockdown and introduce tougher measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown, which was originally set to ...

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    EU updates Vertical Block Exemption Regulation


    The European Commission is sounding out companies involved in the sale and distribution of consumer goods and their trade associations to provide input for the reform of a set of guidelines governing dealings between suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. First issued in 2010 and called the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ...

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    EOG invites you to participate in its Outdoor Industry Survey 2020


    The European Outdoor Group ( EOG ) would like to invite brands and retailers in the outdoor markets to participate in its annual survey. This survey is an opportunity for the industry to provide feedback about how the markets performed in 2020, the key challenges as well as ...

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    Taipei Cycle & TaiSPO sticks to its hybrid show concept 2021


    Taipei Cycle and Taipei International Sporting Goods Show ( TaiSPO ) will take place from March 3-6 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center ’s hall 1 (TaiNex 1). This is the first physical show for cycling and sporting related goods since the Covid-19 pandemic began. According to show ...

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    U.K. trade group clarifies trading rules for tackle shops during lockdown


    The Angling Trades Association (ATA) , the British tackle industry’s voice, has released guidelines to tackle shops following complaints that there was “total confusion” around the government’s directions during the third lockdown in England. The ATA represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, fisheries, publishers and distributors. To clear up misunderstandings about ...

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    Cifra presents an antiviral garment collection


    Cifra , the Milan-based seamless fabric developer, has presented an apparel range made with Q-Skin , an innovative yarn powered by Amni Virus-Bac Off that offers permanent antiviral protection. This polyamide yarn was developed by Rhodia-Solvay Group and distributed by Fulgar , an Italian firm working with Cifra ...

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    Open letter from German Bicycle Industry Association against complete shutdown


    In an open letter, the German Bicycle Industry Association ( ZIV ), the national lobby and service provider for the German and international bicycle industry, has written to the German government opposing a complete shutdown of the economy as a measure against the Corona pandemic. While ZIV fully recognizes the ...

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    British Cycling saw extreme surge in popularity of biking in 2020


    With figures released from The Active Lives Children and Young People survey showing that over 1.4 million more children took up the opportunity to cycle in 2020, British Cycling , the UCI -recognized national governing body for cycling, has described this as a “milestone” in its campaign to help ...

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    Sherpa Adventure Gear donates over 200,000 school days


    Source: Sherpa Adventure Gear Nepali outdoor brand Sherpa Adventure Gear has donated more than 200,000 school days to Nepali children in 2020. “We are committed to the legacy of Tashi Sherpa and take seriously our social responsibility to provide opportunities for the next generation ...