Magazine article Economic Trends

Small Business Sales

Magazine article Economic Trends

Small Business Sales

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SALES

Sales trends weakened in February, with the seasonally adjusted net percent of owners reporting higher sales falling six points from January to a net minus 1 percent of all firms. This follows four consecutive months of sales reports in the plus column. Thirteen percent still consider poor sales their single most important problem.

The net percent of owners expecting real sales volume to rise in the next three months dropped ten points, falling to a seasonally adjusted 27 percent of all firms. This figure follows gains over each of the previous four months. Still, February 2004's level surpasses February 2003's by 14 percentage points.

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Small Business Actual Sales Changes
Net Percent ("Higher" Minus Lower") Last Three Months
Compared to Prior Three Months
(Seasonally Adjusted)

       Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov

1999     8     8     5     8     7    -1     8     8    10     8     4
2000    10     4    11    10     8     6     8     3     3     5     7
2001    -5    -9    -7     0    -4   -14    -2    -1    -3    -6    -5
2002   -11   -19     8    -1    -6     2   -11    -4    -2    -7    -5
2003    -9   -11    -7    -8    -9   -10    -4     3    -1     3     4
2004     5    -1

       Dec

1999     9
2000    -2
2001    -8
2002   -11
2003     5
2004

Small Business Sales Expectations
Net Percent ("Higher" Minus "Lower") During Next Three Months
(Seasonally Adjusted)

       Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov

1999    23    20    23    19    15    22    22    17    24    19    22
2000    33    20    24    21    11    17    20    23    22    17    16
2001    11    13    14    13    20    10    14    18     1    -4     6
2002    21    23    24    25    31    22    20    19    21    16    17
2003    20    13     4    19    18    24    20    29    21    28    31
2004    37    27

       Dec

1999    23
2000    14
2001    16
2002    15
2003    35
2004
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