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Investment pays off for Evans Cycles with sales and profits up in 2013

London-based retailer says "strong demand for cycling is persisting” and is "pretty positive about 2014"...

Evans Cycles says it is reaping the reward of investing to grow the business after it revealed that pre-tax profit had risen almost nine-fold to reach £2.3 million in the year to November 2013, against £269,000 a year earlier.

Turnover rose by 8.7 per cent during the period to reach £114 million, reports Retail Week, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were up 47 per cent to £5.9 million.

The year saw the launch of the Hoy range of bikes from six-time Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy, available exclusively through the retailer.

Chief executive Nick Wilkinson said: “It was a good year. I always said we were investing for growth.”

During the period, the company opened three new stores and closed one existing outlet, to bring its chain to 47 branches, and Wilkinson says he is keen to continue its expansion beyond London, with plans to open six stores a year.

“Half of our stores are within the M25 and we want to be in all the big cities,” he said. “We think there is good scope to open more shops but we don’t want to have too many.”

He also highlighted growing online sales, including click-and-collect purchases where goods are ordered on the internet and picked up in-store, plus growth in mobile orders.

Wilkinson added that “strong demand for cycling is persisting” and that the company is “pretty positive about 2014.”

According to Evans’ website, Wilkinson spent four years running a chain of DIY stores in the Netherlands before joining the London based retailer in 2011.

It says that gave him first hand experience of the “positive impact cycling can have on individuals and communities.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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