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Distribution & Wholesale Industry Confidence Index Rises in 1Q
May 16, 2008
An increased confidence during the first quarter of 2008 replaced last quarter's concerns about the economy when a significant drop in plans for hiring led to a steep decline in the confidence of distribution and wholesale companies during the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the latest Small Business Research Board (SBRB) report issued today.
The Distribution &Wholesale Industry Small Business Confidence Index increased to 40 during the first quarter of 2008, or by nine points (29%), from the 31 recorded during the prior quarter.
The first quarter 2008 report is the third wholesale and distribution industry confidence index issued. Inclines in two of the three major categories comprising the confidence index contributed to the higher first quarter results.
Of the respondents, 37% said they believed the economy would improve during the next 12 months, which was 13 points higher than the 24% who expressed such concern during the fourth quarter of 2007. Concurrently, 37% of the participants said they would increase hiring during the coming 12 months. This is 22 points more than the 15% who said they had plans for increased hiring when polled for the fourth quarter of 2007.
46% of the owners and managers participating in the poll said they believe revenues will increase during the coming 12-month period. This was 8 points less than the 54% who expressed the same opinion during the prior quarter.
The current distribution and wholesale industry confidence index is 3.67 points lower than the 43.67 reported for all U.S. small businesses during the first quarter of 2008.
The Small Business Research Board ascertains and reports the opinions of small business owners and managers on a wide variety of topics related to their own businesses as well as national and international issues that may impact their operations. International Profit Associates, Inc. is a provider of management consulting services to small and medium-size businesses in North America.